Things you should know today: 6/27/18

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Japanese space probe arrives at asteroid to collect samples

This computer graphics image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows an asteroid and asteroid explorer Hayabusa2. The Japanese space explorer that will try to blow a crater in an asteroid and bring back samples from inside is nearing its destination after a 3 1/2 -year journey. The unmanned Hayabusa2 has arrived at the asteroid Wednesday, June 27, 2018, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.(JAXA via AP)

After a 3 1/2 year journey, a Japanese space probe finally arrived at an asteroid to blow a crater into it and collect samples to take back to Earth. Over the next year and a half, the spacecraft, known as Hayabusa 2, will attempt three brief landings on the asteroid to collect samples. The mission is tricky due to uneven surfaces and high surface temperature. If the retrieval and the return journey are successful, the samples could give insight to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. The samples are expected to arrive back to Earth at the end of 2020.

US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage

Rick Bowmer
In this Friday, June 1, 2018, photo, a pharmacy technician prepares syringes containing fentanyl in the sterile medicines area of the inpatient pharmacy at the University of Utah Hospital, in Salt Lake City. Amid the nation’s opioid epidemic, hospitals are struggling to get widely used injected pain medicines because of ongoing supply shortages. The shortages affect just about every corner of the hospital, from the operating room and emergency department. (AP Photo/Rick Bowme)

Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers, forcing doctors to save injected opioids for patients suffering the most. Other patients receive slower-acting or less effective pain pills. The shortage of injected painkillers is causing a problem with suffering patients, for example, people fighting cancer or have severe burns, since they are not receiving an efficient amount of pain control. Medical groups are urging regulators to help, and earlier this month, the American Medical Association declared drug shortages a public health crisis.

Officer charged with homicide in fatal shooting of teen

In this undated frame from video provided by John Fetterman for Lieutenant Governor shows Antwon Rose in a campaign announcement. East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld who shot Rose, an unarmed black teenager, has been charged with criminal homicide. (John Fetterman for Lieutenant Governor via AP)

Michael Rosfeld, a white police officer of East Pittsburg, was charged with homicide after shooting and killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. Rosfeld gave inconsistent answers during the recap of the shooting, first saying that he “saw something dark he perceived as a gun” when the teen ran from the car and turned his hand toward him. On the second account of the shooting, Rosfeld said he did not see a gun and was not sure whether the boy’s arm was pointed towards him. Rose and another teen were pulled over on suspicion they were involved in a drive-by shooting. Rose was shot three times— in the right side of his face, his back and his elbow. The bullet through Rose’s back struck his lung and heart.

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