May 19, 2019

SNL: Leslie Jones rips into Alabama, Georgia abortion laws

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Leslie Jones in the "Saturday Night Live" season finale tore into conservative states that are spearheading restrictive abortion laws — while dressed as a handmaid for the "Weekend Update" segment.

Details: The SNL regular displayed a T-shirt stating "MINE" with an arrow pointing downward, and she labeled the anti-abortion drive a "war on women." Jones told those affected by the ban that she and other women "got your back." She addressed the 25 white men who voted for Alabama's abortion bill and declared, "You can't tell me what to do with my body."

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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

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

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.