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Catch up on the day’s stories: Pushing back against book bans, IRS ramps up audits, Kevin Bacon gene

By Daniel Wine, CNN

👋 Welcome to 5 Things PM! The Internal Revenue Service plans to ramp up audit rates of wealthy taxpayers and large corporations. The audit rate of people earning more than $10 million will increase by 50%, and the agency intends to triple the audit rates of companies with assets over $250 million. The initiative will be paid for with money provided by the Inflation Reduction Act, which was passed in 2022.

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1️⃣ Novel idea: Acclaimed author Lauren Groff just opened a new bookstore in Florida. She’s building a community of literary resistance in a state that led the country in attempted book bans last year. Groff said her vision was shaped by what she calls “authoritarian creep.”

2️⃣ TikTok tiff: Ariana Grande, Adele and Rihanna will be back on the popular video platform soon, joining Taylor Swift after a deal with Universal Music Group ended a feud that saw one of the world’s biggest record labels pull its music. 📹 Video: What’s next with the TikTok ban

3️⃣ ‘Toxic positivity’: An author and mental health advocate has built a following by pushing back against a culture of relentless good vibes. Dave Tarnowski, who said he has battled depression and bipolar disorder, wants to help others who are struggling.

4️⃣ Kevin Bacon: The actor inspired the name of a newly identified gene — “dokb” for short — that’s responsible for regulating the structure of social networks in fruit flies. The name is based on the popular game linking celebrities to the “Footloose” star.

5️⃣ Nude cruise: A travel company called Bare Necessities will team up with Norwegian on an 11-day Caribbean voyage. Good news — you can pack lightly.

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👀 All in the family: A young hockey fan upstaged her father in a chugging showdown at a Nashville Predators game as the crowd watched on the jumbotron.

Editor’s picks

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


❗The number of people starting the weight-loss drug Wegovy each week in the US.

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📸 Healing in the wild: Scientists in Indonesia observed an orangutan treating a facial wound with a medicinal plant, the first time this behavior has been documented.

Your health

🏃 Gender research: Women need to exercise and eat differently than men. Here’s what an expert says you should know for optimal health.

Good vibes

🐝 We like to wrap things up on a positive note:
Beekeeper Matt Hilton said life has been “surreal” since he removed a swarm that was delaying a baseball game. Fans dubbed him the MVP, and he has a trading card deal.

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