Human remains found in search for Brian Laundrie | First Thing

Investigators also found items believed to belong to Gabby Petito’s fiance. Plus, Trump to launch social media platform

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Human remains have been discovered in a Florida park during the search for Brian Laundrie, the fiance of Gabby Petito, the FBI has said. Investigators said they also found items they believe belonged to Laundrie, more than a month after the 23-year-old went missing.

Laundrie is a person of interest in the killing of Petito, 22, who was reported missing on 11 September by her parents while the couple were on a cross-country trip. Laundrie has been missing since 14 September, two weeks after he returned to his parents’ Florida home alone.

  • Whose remains have been found? They have not been identified, the FBI said.

  • What has Laundrie been charged with? Laundrie was charged in his absence with the unauthorized use of a debit card in September.

Trump to launch social media platform called Truth Social

Donald Trump
Donald Trump said the new site aimed to rival the big tech firms that have denied him a platform. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump, who has been banned from Facebook and Twitter, plans to launch a social media platform called TRUTH Social. The former president said the site aimed to rival the major tech firms that have denied him a platform, adding that it would be launched at the start of next year.

“I’m excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against big tech,” Trump said in a statement.

  • When was Trump barred from Facebook and Twitter? The former president was banned after the Capitol attack

  • When will the platform be launched? It will be open to “invited users” for a beta launch in November, with plans to make it more broadly available at the beginning of next year.

In-N-Out shuts in San Francisco over vaccine mandate

‘We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,’ Arnie Wensinger, the company’s chief legal and business officer, said in a statement.
‘We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,’ Arnie Wensinger, the chain’s chief legal and business officer, said. Photograph: Adam Lau/AP

In-N-Out Burger has temporarily closed in San Francisco after refusing to enforce the city’s vaccine mandate, becoming the first restaurant in the city to do so over the requirement.

Officials shut the business after several failed spot checks and after the chain said it would not make staff check customers’ vaccination status – a legal requirement in the city – before allowing them to dine indoors.

“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” Arnie Wensinger, the company’s chief legal and business officer, said, calling the requirement “unreasonable, invasive and unsafe”.

  • Why is In-N-Out taking this position? For political, not practical, reasons. Wensinger called the mandate “clear governmental overreach … intrusive, improper, and offensive”.

  • Will other branches be affected? San Francisco has just one In-N-Out, and most of the chain’s restaurants are in Texas, southern California and Utah, which do not have statewide vaccine mandates. However, the Los Angeles mayor is expected to sign a mandate into law next month, with potential ramifications for branches there.

In other news …

Displaced Syrian children with water delivered to a camp near Kafr Uruq, Idlib, in August. The UN must buy goods in Syria with currency exchanged through the central bank
Displaced Syrian children collecting bottled water delivered to a camp near Kaf ’Uruq, Idlib, in August. Photograph: Mohamed Njm/Medialys Images/REX/Shutterstock

Stat of the day: there are nearly 9,000 craft breweries in the US

A man buys beer in preparation for the first game of the NFL season, in Kansas on September 10, 2020.
A customer stocking up on beer in Leavenworth, Kansas, last year in preparation for the first game of the NFL season there. Photograph: Arin Yoon/Reuters

The number of craft breweries in the US has grown to 8,800, up from about 1,800 in 2010. Despite this staggering rise, most craft beer is restricted to the region in which it is brewed, with attempts by small breweries to go national held back in part by post-Prohibition laws. Just four brands dominate 78.6% of the grocery store market share.

Don’t miss this: firefighters struggle with homelessness

Former Forest Service woodland firefighter Luke Meyer with vehicle
Luke Meyer, a former Forest Service woodland firefighter, lived in his vehicle for nearly four months earlier this year. Photograph: David Becker/The Guardian

At a time when wildfires are incinerating the western US, low wages and a lack of affordable housing and job security mean firefighters are struggling with homelessness, forced to live in tents, cars and derelict buildings. These problems, along with the pressures of the job, are having a devastating effect on the firefighters, who describe colleagues killing themselves or dying of substance abuse.

Climate check: rising temperatures could lead to kidney disease epidemic

Sugar-cane cutters in Nicaragua, where abnormally high numbers of agricultural workers suffer from CKDu (chronic kidney disease of unknown causes).
Sugar-cane cutters in Nicaragua, where abnormally high numbers of agricultural workers are suffering from chronic kidney disease. Photograph: Esteban Félix/AP

Millions of workers around the world could be affected by chronic kidney disease caused by heat stress owing to rising temperatures, doctors have said. Epidemics have emerged in hot, rural regions of countries including El Salvador and Nicaragua, where unprecedented numbers of agricultural workers are dying from irreversible kidney failure.

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Last Thing: thief unwittingly broadcasts face to thousands after snatching journalist’s phone

A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a journalist’s phone, being used to livestream the aftermath of an earthquake in Egypt. Escaping on a motorbike, the thief unwittingly broadcast his face to more than 20,000 viewers watching the broadcast. He was arrested just hours later at his home and confessed.

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