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Catch up on the stories of the day: When Grief and AI Collide, Social Security Shortage, Benefits of Olive Oil

👋 Welcome to 5 Things PM! A staple of the Mediterranean diet could help lower the risk of death from dementia, according to a new study. A daily spoonful of olive oil was associated with a 28% lower risk compared to those who never or rarely ate oil, scientists at Harvard University found.

Here’s what else you might have missed during your busy day:


1️⃣ Sadness and AI: People are turning to artificial intelligence to simulate the personalities and behavior of deceased loved ones. It raises ethical concerns and questions about whether this helps or hinders the grieving process.

2️⃣ Social Security: A new report shows that benefits will be cut in 2035 unless Congress addresses the looming shortfall. That is a year later than previously predicted.

3️⃣ Gene therapy: A groundbreaking experimental treatment used in the eyes of living people has restored some vision to patients with hereditary blindness.

4️⃣ Met Gala: Fashion’s biggest night out returns to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s everything you need to know, including who’s excluded from participating. Follow live updates.

5️⃣ Man or bear? A question to women about being alone in the forest provoked a number of startling responses and led to discussion about danger and violence.

👀 Scary moment: A US team’s boat capsized during a training race in Bermuda, causing the crew members to flee, but no one was seriously injured.

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Watch: Boat capsizes during training race, sending crew members flying

✅ Here’s a quick look at today’s top news headlines:

🥖 That’s the new world record for the longest baguette claimed by French bakers. Some of the crusty bread was fed to the public and the rest was donated to the homeless.

💸 Priced out: Shoppers are feeling the pressure of two years of inflation, and now some stores are cutting prices to lure them back.


🎤 In which city did Madonna give a free concert this weekend for an estimated 1.6 million people?
A. Tokyo
B. London
C. Mexico City
D. Rio de Janeiro
⬇️ Scroll down for the answer.

🗓️ This evening: Boeing is about to launch its Starliner capsule with two astronauts on board, marking the new spacecraft’s first crewed mission.

😎 We would like to end it on a positive note:
Country singer Randy Travis lost his voice after suffering a stroke in 2013, which left him unable to walk or talk. Thanks to artificial intelligence, he just released a new song.

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🧠 Quiz answer: D. Madonna performed on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to conclude her “Celebration” world tour.
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