May 2, 2018

Kim Kardashian spoke with Kushner about pardoning drug offender

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Kim Kardashian West and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner have talked on the phone over the past several months about a possible presidential pardon for 62-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who was given a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, Mic reported and Axios has since confirmed.

The big picture: With Kushner at the front of the White House's prison reform efforts, he speaks with a lot of people on the issue. This is part of a much larger plan with Kushner hoping to draw national attention to the issue as bills are debated in both the House and Senate.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.