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The toppled Odysseus moon lander will soon go dark. Macy's is planning a massive store shutdown. And President Joe Biden says a Gaza truce is near, but Hamas begs to differ.

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Moon lander to shut down soon

Bye-bye, Odysseus. Flight controllers are expected to lose contact Tuesday or Wednesday with the Odysseus lunar lander – just days after it toppled over while completing a historic landing.

Before things went sideways: The private U.S. spacecraft made it to the moon last Thursday and ushered in a new era of lunar missions since NASA's Apollo program ended five decades ago. It's likely the 14-foot-tall lander tripped on a rock and tipped over on its side when it touched down. Fortunately, the lander maintained limited function even though its antennas were not pointed at Earth. 🌗 What Odysseus sent back to Earth.

Steve Altemus, CEO and co-founder of Intuitive Machines, presents a model of Odysseus tipped on its side in the position the company believes it landed on the surface of the moon.
Steve Altemus, CEO and co-founder of Intuitive Machines, presents a model of Odysseus tipped on its side in the position the company believes it landed on the surface of the moon.

Is a Gaza truce near? Biden says yes, but Hamas doesn't agree

Hamas officials on Tuesday appeared skeptical about the ongoing hostage negotiations in statements that came after President Joe Biden said he hoped a deal would be reached within the next week, before the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But Ahmad Abdul Hadi, Hamas' representative in Lebanon, said Tuesday that the militant group is not satisfied with the proposal "because it does not fulfill our demands."

What's in the latest deal: The proposal was put together by U.S., Qatari and Egyptian mediators in Paris last weekend and includes the release of up to 40 women and older hostages as well as the release of up to 300 Palestinians, mostly children, women and older people being held in Israeli prisons. 📍 Follow our live coverage.

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Macy's closing 150 stores

The "Magic of Macy's" has fizzled out at scores of its stores. Through 2026, Macy's says it will shut down 150 "underproductive" stores, or roughly 30% of all locations while prioritizing investments in 350 "go-forward" stores, the retailer announced Tuesday. It says it will close 50 stores by the end of this fiscal year. The statement says this move will allow it to refocus its resources and prioritize other stores, like Bloomingdale's and Bluemercury. 🛍️ Everything we know.

Michigan primary: ‘Uncommitted’ vs. Biden?

As voters in the key swing state of Michigan cast their primary ballots Tuesday, Biden faces a last-minute campaign calling for a protest vote to pressure him to demand a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war by voting “uncommitted.” It's a demonstration of the incumbent president's fragile electoral prospects in the state and the potential costs of his administration's position on Gaza. 🗳️👉 Follow our live updates on Michigan's primary election.

Kendra Johnson votes in the Michigan primary at the new polling place at Potter Park Zoo on Tuesday in Lansing.
Kendra Johnson votes in the Michigan primary at the new polling place at Potter Park Zoo on Tuesday in Lansing.

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