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Damon Weaver at an Obama campaign event In Hollywood in 2012. Photo: Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images

Damon Weaver, who shot to national fame for interviewing then-President Obama at the White House when he was 11 years old has died at the age of 23, his family announced.

Details: Weaver, who was also known for interviewing other big names including President Biden when he was vice president and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, died on May 1, according to his funeral announcement.

  • His sister Candace Hardy told the Palm Beach Post he died of natural causes. She didn't disclose further details.
  • He "graduated from Royal Palm Beach High School, earning a scholarship to Albany State University in Georgia" and planned to return to university in the fall and "pursue a career in sports journalism," per the Florida outlet.

Flashback: In his interview with Obama, the former president gave him advice after he said he got "bullied a lot" and they discussed school lunches, with Weaver suggesting, "that we have French fries and mangos everyday for lunch."

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What happens now that emergency orders are lifting

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Data: National Academy for State Health Policy and various governor declarations; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Soon, more than half the states will have ended their formal emergency declarations for the pandemic — which could have a ripple of effects across the economy.

Why it matters: Lifting those orders will allow businesses to serve more customers, but will also end certain safety nets, including expanded food and housing assistance, as well as eviction protections.

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500 Hong Kong police officers raid pro-democracy newspaper

Chief Operations Officer Chow Tat Kuen (front 2nd R) is escorted by police from the Apple Daily newspaper offices before being put into a waiting vehicle in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong's Apple Daily said 500 police officers searched the pro-democracy newspaper's offices and arrested five senior executives on Thursday.

Why it matters: The arrests of the paper's chief editor, Ryan Law, along with its chief operating officer, two other editors and the CEO of Next Digital, which operates Apple Daily, were made under China's national security law — which gives the government broad power to limit people's political freedom.

World Bank rejects El Salvador's request to help implement bitcoin

President Nayib Bukele, giving a speech in El Salvador's legislative assembly in San Salvado earlier this month, pushed for bitcoin to become legal tender. Photo: Emerson Flores/APHOTOGRAFIA/Getty Images

The World Bank has rejected the government of El Salvador's request to help the country implement Bitcoin as legal tender, Reuters first reported late Wednesday.

Why it matters: The international lender's rejection could hamper the government's goal of making the digital currency accepted across the country within three months.

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