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Shark Scoop - April 30, 2023

Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.


Jerry Springer Dies at 79

The late Jerry Springer. (Photo:

The famous talk show host Jerry Springer died at the age of 79 on April 27. His show, famously named after himself, aired for 27 seasons and had 4,969 episodes. The public was let know of his death a day later from the family spokesperson, 24 hours after his actual death. His spokesperson confirmed that it was from pancreatic cancer, which Springer was diagnosed with a few months prior to his death. They found him in his Chicago home peacefully passed away. His influence of being a talk show host will be remembered for years to come.

US Gets Favorable Draw for 2023 FIBA World Cup

This year's tournament will be played in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. (Photo:

The U.S. basketball team got a favorable draw in their quest in regaining the FIBA World Cup trophy. They will be led by Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr, and will be in Group C of the 32-team basketball bracket along with Greece, Jordan and New Zealand. The tournament starts on Aug. 25 and ends Sept. 10, and it will be co-hosted by Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. "There's a peace of mind knowing who we're going to play," the executive director of the U.S. team, Grant Hill, said.

Mountain Lion Ambushes 70-Year-Old Hiker in Utah Canyon

It's very rare to be killed in an attack by a mountain lion. (Photo:

Mountain lions are for the most part calm, quiet and elusive. However, it is still possible for a mountain lion to attack when you’re out in the mountains. A 70-year-old man was hiking in Diamond Fork Canyon between 1-3 in the afternoon, when he was abruptly knocked down to the ground by a young mountain lion. He was able to escape by throwing a rock at the animal, which resulted in the animal running away. The man then hiked down and drove himself to a hospital where he was able to get treated. He is said to be in fair condition. Go here for more information on what to do in a situation like this.

US ex-security adviser calls for closer ties with Taiwan

John Bolton. (Photo:

John Bolton, who is a potential Republican candidate for the 2024 election, has announced that he wants a deeper connection between the U.S. and Taiwan. This is because of the fact that Taiwan has seen increasingly warnings and threats from China. He discussed how both sides should come up with contingency plans on dealing with actions that Beijing may take, saying it’ll be too late once an attack begins to happen. This situation of the island’s independence looks like it’ll be an important topic to be discussed in the upcoming 2024 election.

FBI searches of US Citizens' Electronic data Plunged Significantly Last Year

Lawmakers and activists have advocated for the F.B.I. to change their data collection practices. (Photo:

According to an annual report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, searches of citizens' data through a warrantless surveillance program has drastically decreased by 94%. In 2022 the number of people’s data getting searched was around 204,000, down from 3.4 million in 2021. This follows major reforms by the F.B.I. that lawmakers and civil liberties advocates were calling them out for, stating that the F.B.I. was overreaching and abusing the existing powers.

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