An explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert left 19 people dead and approximately 50 people injured. The alleged suicide attack happened outside the Manchester Arena in England. Authorities are treating the attack as terrorism. The arena is one of the largest venues, holding up to 21,000 people. The singer was not injured.
Former congressman Anthony Weiner plead guilty in a sexting case involving a minor. In court, 52-year-old Weiner apologized to the 15-year-old girl he sent obscene messages online, which included asking for sexual favors. The charge of transferring obscene material to a minor carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Weiner will not appear a prison sentence between 31 and 27 months. He has been released on bail. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8. Weiner resigned from congress in 2011 after he accidentally tweeted an obscene message instead of sending it to a supporter.
China wants to resurrect the Silk Road
1. China has big plans for the Silk Road. Yes, that Silk Road you learned about in your world history class. China hopes to recreate Marco Polo’s trade route to reconnect Asia and Europe for trading purposes. President Xi Jinping is going to trade in the camels and caravans for a network of $1.4 trillion modern trading routes that includes roads, a high-speed rail, airports, and pipelines. Jinping hosted the “Belt and Road,” a two-day summit with 28 heads of state.
2. The new Silk Road would involve 60 countries and shift the world’s economic structure. The trade route would cut through countries with 70 percent of the World’s population, 75 percent of energy reserves and 55 percent of global economic output. The economic shift would also impact the geopolitics of the world, shifting the economic power to Eurasia and possibly helping to stabilize Some Middle Eastern countries.
3. So, is the new Silk Road just ambition or the future of world economics?
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Self-driving cars used to be a detail in sci-fi literature. Well, now it is here and Uber is back in court over self-driving cars. A judge decided two automated vehicle sector competitors couldn’t arbitrate theft of trade secrets. Waymo, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is suing Uber after accusing former employer Anthony Levandowski of stealing documents from Waymo before starting his own automated truck business. Levandowski launched his own company and then sold it to Uber for $680 million before eventually leading Uber’s self-driving team. Waymo hopes to stop Uber's self-driving team while trial and the judge might suggest a criminal investigation.
World Health Organization confirmed a small Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eleven cases including three deaths have been reported. A WHO team is being sent to the central African country. The last Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,000 people and infected 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey
1. FBI Director James Comey was fired from his position by President Donald Trump. The FBI director position is independent, non-partisan and supposed to be politically isolated. Any investigations launched by the department and run by the director are unbiased and fair. This is the second time in American history that an FBI director was fired. Trump said he was fired because of how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.
2. Comey was leading the investigation into Russia's involvement with the Trump presidential campaign and his White House staff. He reportedly asked for more resources in the investigation just days before he was fired from his position. Comey apparently learned the news from TV reports. Republicans are mostly supporting Trump's decision to fire Comey, but Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said the firing could lead to impeachment proceedings.
3. So, did Trump go too far in firing Comey?
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Centrist Emmanuel Macron is replacing François Hollande officially on May 14 at midnight. Former Inspector of Finances and investment banker, Macron will be inducted on the same day. The President-elect won 66.1 percent of the vote against Marine Le Pen. After the induction ceremony, a tribute at the Arc De Triomphe and a visit to Paris city hall, Macron will officially start as the President. His first job is to name a Prime Minister.
United Airlines suffered a pretty brutal PR mess. After taking two tries to apologize to Dr. David Dao, a passenger who was dragged off a flight, United and Dao have reached an undisclosed settlement. CEO Oscar Munoz apologized again for the incident and acknowledged the misuse of law enforcement, rebooking crew on a booked and boarded flight and not offering sufficient composition for bumping. The airline is planning on ten policy changes to better handle situations. United is planning on increasing compensation to $10,000 for willingly giving up your seat, boarded passengers will not be asked to give up seats and crew members will be booked on flights at least an hour before takeoff. United is also paying $1,500 for any lost bags.
ESPN whittled down it’s staff by laying off about 100 employees, including familiar faces like Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Len Elmore, Jayson Stark and Trent Dilfer. Empolyees got phone calls Wednesday morning informing them thye were let go. ESPN is focusing on increasing attention on SportsCenter TV and digital-efforts.ESPN will also be moving its ESPNU studio operation from Charlotte to Bristol.
Berkeley Republicans sue school over Ann Coulter cancelation
1. UC Berkeley Republicans were planning on hosting an event featuring Ann Coulter on April 27. The school said nope, the event needs to be rescheduled to May 2. Coulter and gang said Thursday was the day to do it. Now the group and Coulter are suing Berkley because of the school’s rescheduling efforts. The lawsuit claims Berkley is discriminating against conservative guest speakers by using time and location restrictions. The group states the restrictions are intended to stifle conservative viewpoints by scheduling events at times where students would be busy studying for exams.
2. On the other hand, Berkeley sites safety and security concerns after UCPD received threats against Coulter. Adminsatortors stated a need for a more secure location in order to avoid the violence that occurred before former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ event.
3. So, is it a legitimate safety issue or an attempt to stifle free speech?
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A new malaria vaccine will be tested on babies and children under five in Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi starting in 2018. The World Health Organization plans on vaccinating 360,000 children between 2018 and 2020. The vaccine would be used along with nets, repellents and other preventative measures. More than 420,000 people died from the disease in 2015, with more than 60 percent of the victims being under the age of five. British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline developed the drug Mosquirix.