Hello. Fom CNN, I'm Ifeoma Dike with the five things you need to know for Friday, December 8th.
We start with an update on images from Gaza showing Israeli soldiers detaining dozens of men stripped to their underwear. An Israeli military spokesperson told CNN that detainees were, quote, "Hamas members and suspects Hamas members" and that they were stripped to check for explosives. A member of Hamas's political office accused Israel of, quote, "kidnaping, invasive searches and disrobing" what he said was, quote, "a group of displaced Palestinian civilians." At least some of the men detained were civilians with no known affiliations and militant groups. That's according to a conversation CNN had with one of their relatives and a statement by one of their employers, a news network.
A judge in Michigan sentenced the teen who fatally shot four other high school students in 2021 to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ethan Crumbley had this to say before his fate was sealed.
Ethan Crumbley, gunman sentenced
I am a really bad person. I have done terrible things that no one should ever do. All I want is for the people I hurt to just have a final sense of culpability. That justice has somewhat been served.
This is the outcome many of the community wanted for crumbling after an emotional day in court. CNN affiliate WDIV captured the pain and trauma shooting survivors and the victims family members shared in today's hearing.
victim impact statements
I was just shocked. I thought I was going to die. Pieces of me shattered that day, and two years later, I'm still struggling to put them back into place. Our family has a permit hole in it that can never be fixed. He purposely murdered my daughter, Hannah, in order to make himself feel better.
An appeals court in D.C. largely upheld the gag order placed on former President Donald Trump and his federal election subversion case. It limits Trump's ability to publicly criticized court staff, prosecutors and potential witnesses in the case. But he can still make comments about special counsel Jack Smith, the Justice Department and President Joe Biden. Trump has argued the gag order infringes on his First Amendment rights as he runs for president. CNN's Paula Reid explains why Judge Tanya Chutkan put the gag order on Trump in the first place.
She said that she believes that Trump's public statements about witnesses, about members of the court staff, that those could potentially impact the case and also open these people up to threats. She has, in fact, received threats to her office that she is not covered by this gag order.
The trial is set for March and Trump has pleaded not guilty and says he plans to appeal the new ruling.
'The FDA approved two treatments Friday that gave hope to tens of thousands of people in the U.S. with sickle cell disease. It's a debilitating and life shortening, inherited red blood cell disorder that disproportionately affects black people. The government greenlit two gene-based treatments, including Casgevy, which uses a Nobel Prize winning technique called Crispr. Scientists can make precise cuts in DNA, remove cells from the body and edit and replace them, allowing a patient's body to start producing non mutated cells.
Johnny Lubin, teen who got treatment
Kind of hard for me to like do things like have fun and stuff because I'd always have to be worried about if I'd have a pain crisis or not.
15 year old Johnny Lubin was one of the first people in the U.S. to get the treatment back in 2021. His parents say he hasn't had another crisis since. Casgevy's maker put a $2.2 million price tag on its one time treatment while the lab behind the other treatments says it'll cost $3.1 million.
Coming up, the Earth could be about to make climate history.
'The planet's average annual temperature could surpass 1.5°C of warming for the first time next year. That's according to the UK's Weather Service. The threshold is the level beyond which scientists say humans and ecosystems would struggle to adapt. Scientists also say 2023 will officially be the hottest year on record as a result of the combined effects of El Nino and human- caused climate change. One scientist says surpassing the 1.5 degree threshold temporarily wouldn't violate the Paris climate agreement goal, but, quote, "would certainly be a milestone in climate history.".
That's all for now. We'll be back at 10 p.m. Eastern.