7 things to know for Friday, January 27


Five former Memphis officers were charged with murder yesterday.

  • Why? For the fatal beating of Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, during a traffic stop earlier this month. The officers, who are also black, were fired last week.
  • What happened? Body camera footage showed Nichols being kicked, punched, punched and Tasered, his family’s attorneys said.
  • This evening: The images are made public. Officials are preparing for protests.


Former US presidents were asked yesterday to search for classified documents.

  • Why? The request from the National Archives came after papers were discovered at the homes of President Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump.
  • Who did we ask? The list likely includes Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as former Vice Presidents Dick Cheney, Al Gore and Dan Quayle.
  • An exception : Former President Jimmy Carter. The law that requires presidents to hand over their documents came into effect after he left in 1981.


Experts still expect an economic slowdown this year.

  • Numbers: The US economy grew 2.1% in 2022, figures released yesterday showed, with six months of solid growth to end the year.
  • This is good news, but that’s not all: Experts say interest rate hikes – intended to drive down prices by cooling the economy – have yet to have their full impact. Another rate hike is expected next week.


Israeli forces carried out a deadly raid on a Palestinian town yesterday.

  • What there is to know: Nine people were killed in the city of Jenin, Palestinian officials said. It was one of the deadliest operations in the occupied West Bank for nearly two decades.
  • The bigger picture: The raid raised fears of further violence. Israel is struggling to contain a growing insurgency led by young Palestinians.


Blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men are relaxed.

We will find out on Sunday who is going to the Super Bowl.

A new study has identified ways to slow memory decline and reduce the risk of dementia.

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