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5 things you need to know this morning: July 5, 2022

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Man arrested after July 4 mass shooting

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after six people were killed in a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Illinois on Monday. Robert Crimo III was captured after a short chase, police said.

2. Developers in China to allow food as downpayment

Some property developers in China have announced they will accept food as a downpayment for new homes. Buyers will be able to use the likes of peaches, watermelons and garlic instead of money as developers attempt to revive certain real estate markets in the world's most populous country.

3. Tennis star charged with assault during Wimbledon run

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios is set to appear in court in Australia next month after being accused of common assault. The tennis star's lawyer said the case is related to an incident that was "in the context of a domestic relationship."

4. Students damage art masterpiece during publicity stunt

Two students claiming to be climate activists have damaged one of the world's most famous paintings during a publicity stunt. The vandals glued their hands to John Constable's Hay Wain, which is in London's National Gallery, before being arrested.

5. Detained US basketball star asks Biden for help

An American basketball star detained in Russia has written to President Joe Biden to plead for help. Brittney Griner has been held in Russia for four months on drug offences charges.

And lastly...

In happier news, scientists in Finland have said they may have solved the problem of unreliability associated with renewable energy. Their simple idea involves heating up a giant "sand battery," which retains a heat of 500ºC for several months and can be used to warm homes in winter.

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