Egyptair flight still missing, Taiwan’s first female president, shocking finance wearables

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What to watch for today

Venezuela holds a huge military exercise as its economy crumbles. The government is on high alert, with opposition forces calling for a referendum on president Nicolas Maduro. Meanwhile, the rule of law is crumbling, and the country can’t keep the lights on for more than a few days a week.

The search for Egyptair flight MS804 continues. The airline was forced to retract its earlier claim that the flight’s wreckage was found near the island of Crete, after Greece determined that the debris “does not come from a plane.” Officials are reportedly investigating whether terrorism was to blame.

Oklahoma sparks more abortion debate. A bill passed by the US state’s legislature late Thursday would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, and it lands on Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk today. The bill’s sponsor hopes to eventually overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

While you were sleeping

Taiwan swore in its first woman president. Tsai Ing-wen represents the Democratic Progressive Party, which nominally favors independence from China. In her inauguration speech, Tsai emphasized the need to reduce economic dependence on China, and and promised to “safeguard democracy.”

US politicians reached a deal to save Puerto Rico… An agreement between the White House and Republican leaders would restructure the territory’s $70 billion debt, in a process resembling bankruptcy. Lawmakers will vote on the measure in June, ahead of a $1.9 billion debt payment due July 1.

…But kept squabbling over Zika funding. The US Senate approved $1.1 billion in emergency funding to slow the virus’ spread, straddling the gap between the House, which wants to spend $620 million, and the White House, which asked for $1.9 billion. Warmer summer months are expected to bring thousands of cases of Zika to the US.

Yahoo’s value may have shrunk. Bidders for the troubled company’s core business may offer $2 billion to $3 billion, less than half original expectations, the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall). Bids are due the first week of June.

Quartz obsession interlude

Roya Wolverson on letting go of attachment parenting. “When I stopped picking my two-year-old up from school, he stopped throwing mid-day tantrums and started cleaning his plate at lunch. He seemed genuinely happier to see me when I came downstairs to greet him after work, and for the rest of the day spent less time whining and more time enjoying my company.” Read more here.

Market haiku

Fish slap and ripples
Ring out atop the cool lake
Already submerged

Matters of debate

Bayer-Monsanto is a merger 4,000 years in the making. Consolidation is the only growth strategy that agriculture has left.

Criminal justice has put too much stock in DNA testing. The technique is being applied widely and inaccurately.

Forbidden pleasures are overrated. Our brains undervalue the good stuff sitting right in front of us.

Surprising discoveries

Scientists have found a way to make wood transparent. But see-through lumber involves a lot of chemicals.

A new wristband shocks users into saving money. They deliver a jolt whenever debts get out of hand.

Google has patented “sticky” technology for its autonomous cars. In case of a collision, pedestrians would adhere to the vehicles.

There’s a new kind of sommelier in Los Angeles—for water. He once poured a $100,000 bottle for a rapper.

The Burger King in Helsinki has its own sauna. Burgers taste much better after you sweat it out.

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