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Former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served with Jimmy Carter, dies at 93

  • Walter Mondale who served as vice president under Jimmy Carter died at the age of 93.
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Walter Mondale, who served as vice president under former President Jimmy Carter, died on Monday at the age of 93.

According to Axios, Mondale contacted Presidents Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter on Sunday to let them know his death was near.

Biden long admired Mondale. At an event honoring Mondale in 2015, Biden said, “I took Fritz’s roadmap. He actually gave me a memo, classic Fritz, gave me a memo, as to what I should be looking for and what kind of commitments I should get to be able to do the job the way Fritz thought it should be done.” 

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Rio Tinto Q1 Pilbara Iron Ore Shipments Up 7%

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Plc (RTNTF,RIO,RIO.L, RTPPF) reported that Pilbara iron ore shipments for the first-quarter was 77.8 million tonnes on 100% basis up 7% from last year.

But, quarterly Pilbara iron ore production was 76.4 million tonnes on 100% basis, down 2% from the previous year, hurt by above average wet weather in the mines through February and fixed plant reliability.

Bauxite production of 13.6 million tonnes was 2% lower than the first quarter of 2020 due to wet weather in Eastern Australia.

Aluminium production of 0.8 million tonnes was 3% higher than the first quarter of 2020, with the Becancour smelter, Quebec operating at full capacity and Kitimat, British Columbia nearing the end of its pot relining cycle.

Mined copper production of 120.5 thousand tonnes was 9% lower than 2020, with lower recoveries and throughput at Escondida and Kennecott partly offset by the anticipated higher grade from the Oyu Tolgoi open pit.

Houston Rockets’ Sterling Brown assaulted in Miami, expexted to ‘make full recovery’

Houston Rockets guard-forward Sterling Brown sustained facial lacerations when he was assaulted with a bottle outside of a Miami club late Sunday.

“He had no prior knowledge of or interaction with the assailants,” the Rockets said in a statement. “He suffered facial lacerations but will make a full recovery.”

Brown was already listed as out with a injury for Monday’s game against the Miami Heat.

“I have spoken to him, and he's feeling better," Rockets coach Stephen Silas told reporters before the game. "Thankfully, he's going to be OK.”

Brown signed with the Rockets last year in free agency after spending the first three seasons of his NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averages 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds through 51 games with Houston.

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China keeps benchmark lending rate steady for 12th straight month as expected

  • China kept its benchmark lending rate for corporate and household loans steady for the 12th straight month at its April fixing on Tuesday, matching market expectations.
  • The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was kept at 3.85%. The five-year LPR remained at 4.65%.

China kept its benchmark lending rate for corporate and household loans steady for the 12th straight month at its April fixing on Tuesday, matching market expectations.

The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was kept at 3.85%. The five-year LPR remained at 4.65%.

Twenty-seven traders and analysts of 30 participants in a Reuters poll this week predicted no change in either rate.

Most new and outstanding loans in China are based on the one-year LPR. The five-year rate influences the pricing of mortgages.

With Closing Arguments Finished, Chauvin’s Fate Is Now in Jury’s Hands

The jury will be sequestered in a hotel during their deliberations over Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

By Shaila Dewan, Tim Arango, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and John Eligon