Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Sunday morning, just a day after former First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral service.  A spokesman for Bush told reporters that he was admitted “after contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” but he was recovering.  However, another source close to the former president told CNN that he had contracted sepsis and is in critical condition. 

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Collision in Toronto Leaves 9 Dead, Many Injured

The driver of a van collided into a group of pedestrians on a busy street in the North York area of downtown Toronto Monday. The suspect drove through the crowd on the sidewalk for about a mile; nine people are dead and 16 are injured. The driver has been taken into custody, but Toronto police have not released the driver’s name. While the motive behind the attack is unknown, sources believe that the actions seemed to be intentional. Toronto Mayor John Tory expressed his condolences saying, “My thoughts are with those affected by this incident and the front-line responders who are working to help those injured.”

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Barbara Bush Laid to Rest

Over 1,500 attendees paid their respects on Saturday morning to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died last week at the age of 92.  Among the 1,500 in attendance included Michelle and Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and Melania Trump, with President Trump watching the funeral from Mar-a-Lago.  The last sitting president to attend a first lady's funeral was John F. Kennedy, who went to Eleanor Roosevelt’s service in 1962.  Barbara Bush’s death marked the end of the longest presidential marriage in American history at a 73 years, followed only by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who have been married for the past 71 years and counting.

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Four Dead in Tennessee Shooting

At a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee, four people were killed in a shooting early Sunday morning.  As of Sunday afternoon, the shooter, who is suspected to be 29-year-old Travis Reinking, is still at large and has been placed on Tennessee’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.  Around 3 AM on Sunday, the gunman exited his truck carrying an assault rifle and fatally shot two people before walking into the Waffle House and continuing to fire.  Two more were killed inside the waffle house and several others were injured.  The shooting ended when a customer, James Shaw Jr., wrestled the rifle out of the gunman’s hands, causing him to flee. 

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A Quiet Place Takes No. 1 Box Office Spot

For another weekend, Paramount’s almost dialogue-free horror movie A Quiet Place is number 1 in the box office, beating Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty and Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage. A Quiet Place is the story of a family who has to live in silence to protect themselves from aliens who hunt their prey by sound. The production budget was $17 million but the movie has grossed $132.4 million from North American theaters and $74.8 million overseas. The film is Paramount’s highest-grossing domestic release in almost two years.

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CDC Expands Romaine Lettuce Warning Across the United States

On Friday, the Center for Disease Control expanded its original warning of romaine lettuce to include all romaine lettuce in the United States after the current e-coli outbreak spread to its 16 state. Though the source of the outbreak has yet to be identified, public health officials believe it originated in crops from Yuma, Arizona. CDC said consumers should throw away any romaine lettuce unless they are certain it came from a different source. The outbreak has resulted in 31 hospitalizations, including five developments of kidney failure. To avoid e-coli, wash hands and food thoroughly and do not consume raw food.

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Research Shows Youtube Ran Ads From Extremists

According to a recent CNN investigation, Youtube has run ads from over 300 companies and organizations that promoted white nationalists, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda. Popular companies like Adidas, Amazon, Hershey, Netflix, and more may even have unknowingly helped these channels because of the advertisements they paid for. Some of these companies have paused its advertising buy on Youtube because of this. Further fueling the fire, this is not the first time Youtube has put major companies’ ads up against controversial or extremist content. It brings many to question Youtube’s ability to protect companies’ advertisement integrity.

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Trump's New Legal Team

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, joined President Trump’s legal team as Trump and his administration look to finish the investigation and inquiries into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. Giuliani served as a chief federal prosecutor previously. He will join Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow as well as former federal prosecutors Serene and Marty Raskin. The addition of these three comes a month after the resignation of attorney John Dowd.

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Cuba's President is No Longer a Castro

Miguel Díaz-Canel is officially Cuba’s president. This transition marks the first time in over 40 years that the country has not been led by a Castro. Fidel Castro served as president from 1976 to 2008 and his brother Raúl from 2008 until Thursday, when he stepped down. Raúl will remain the head of Cuba’s Communist Party, leaving many to wonder how much power the new president will truly have. Díaz-Canel served as the minister of education and then as the first vice president before being unanimously elected as Castro’s successor by Cuba’s National Assembly.

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New Ominous Earthquake Warning for Bay Area

Everyone knows about the famous San Andreas fault line spanning across California and the potential danger it poses, but according to geologists, northern Californians have another troublesome fault to worry about.  According to a report from the United States Geological Survey, scientists believe that the largest immediate threat of an earthquake lies in the Hayward Fault, due to the highly populated areas of Oakland and Berkeley being located directly above it.  Scientists believe a major earthquake from this fault would result in catastrophic damage and the loss of hundreds of lives.  On top of that, major faults usually produce earthquakes every 150 years or so, and the last one from this fault line came exactly 150 years ago, leading geologists to believe that this fault could be due for a major quake.

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Puerto Rico Plunged Back into Darkness

On Wednesday, a freak accident plunged the territory of Puerto Rico back into darkness. The island suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Maria several months ago and has been slowly rebuilding their electrical grid. However, an excavator removing a downed transmission tower came too close to a high-voltage line, which lead to subsequent power station shutdowns across the island. Residents have aired their frustration as homes and businesses are again without power. The disruptions and slow rebuilding process have been a drain on Puerto Rico’s economy and population as residents who can afford to leave are.

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Starbucks Stores to Close for Anti-Bias Training

On May 29, Starbucks will close its more than 8,000 stores to provide anti-bias training to 175,000 employees after an incident where two African-American men were arrested at one of the stores last week. The incident, whereby the men were arrested after asking to use the Starbucks restroom, has prompted outrage. After the employee refused them because they had not purchased anything, the men sat down, were asked to leave, and then the police were called. The arrest scene was recorded in a video which has been viewed over 10 million times on Twitter.

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Barbara Bush Dies at 92

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, a spokesperson for the family announced. Mrs. Bush was the only woman in history to live to see both her husband and son serve as president. In addition to her role as First Lady, mother to 6, and grandmother to 17, Bush adopted literacy as a cause, eventually founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and raising over $1 billion to support widespread literacy across the nation and world. 

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One Dead in Mid-Flight Engine Explosion

A Southwest Airlines flight going from New York to Dallas had an engine explode while in the air, forcing the plane to emergency land in Philadelphia. The explosion blew shrapnel into the side of the plane, puncturing a small hole in the cabin and shattering a window. The suction from these openings nearly sucked one woman out of the plane. It is reported that fellow passengers pulled her back. Shrapnel from the explosion injured some, and one person was killed, although it has not been made clear who. In response to the chaotic and traumatic event, Southwest CEO has said Southwest will do everything they can to support the victims during this difficult time.

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NASA Launches Planet-Hunting Satellite TESS

NASA’s new planet-hunting satellite, TESS, was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida Wednesday. During its two-year mission TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, will search for exoplanets, planets that are outside our solar system and planets that could support life. TESS will spend its first 60 days orbiting Earth to test its systems and will go on to replace the Kepler Space Telescope, which launched in 2009. The satellite will also search an area 400 times larger than the Kepler. NASA Astrophysics Division Director Paul Hertz said, “Until 20 years ago, we didn’t know of any planets beyond our own solar system. We’ve expanded our understanding of our place in the universe, and TESS will help us keep expanding.”

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Sean Hannity Named Client of Michael Cohen

Judge Kimba Wood ordered that Stephen Ryan, Michael Cohen’s attorney, disclose his client’s third client, which until Monday had been kept in secret.  Ryan named him as Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and prominent Trump supporter.  Cohen’s other two clients, who were already known, are Trump and Republican donor Elliot Broidy, for each of which Cohen paid women to sign non-disclosure agreements regarding their affairs with these men.  When Hannity’s name was revealed, audible gasps could be heard throughout the courtroom.   The hearing was held to determine whether Cohen’s attorneys will be able to review the documents seized in the FBI’s raid of Cohen’s home and office before being examined by prosecutors.  Judge Wood ruled in favor of Cohen. 

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Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “DAMN.”, making history as the first non-classical/jazz artist to win the award in this category. The Pulitzer board said his album “is a virtuosic song collection that captures the modern African-American life.” Since emerging on the scene in 2011, Lamar has won 12 Grammy awards and has earned critical acclaim for all his albums. In 2018, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler selected Lamar to curate and produce the soundtrack for the film. Included in the Pulitzer honor is a $15,000 prize.

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Inmates Killed in Prison Brawl

Seven people were killed and an additional 17 were injured when a prison brawl broke out Sunday night. An altercation occurred at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina. What is described as a “mass casualty incident” in a statement by the prison, started Sunday night and ended early Monday morning, close to 3 a.m. It appears some of the seven inmates were slashed and stabbed to death, while others were beaten to death. All victims have been identified, but no names have been released. This altercation occurred in three of the housing units at the prison. All staff and responding officers were safe during the incident. It is not clear what started the incident.

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NCAA Approves Rule Change for 2018 Football Season

With player safety continuing to be a concern at all levels of football, a new rule change was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel and will take effect this upcoming season.  The new rule will apply to kickoffs which often result in the most violent plays in the sport; in 2010, Rutgers player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed on a kickoff.  The new rule is meant to limit the number of kickoff returns in a game.  It will have any fair catch inside the 25-yard-line on a kickoff result in a touchback, which places the ball at the 25-yardline.  Previously, touchbacks only occurred when the ball traveled into the end zone. 

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Barbara Bush in Failing Health

The 92-year-old Barbara Bush, wife and mother of former presidents, is in failing health. On Sunday, her husband’s office came out to say that she has decided not to pursue care or additional medical treatment to prolong her life. Rather, she will focus on comfort care. Mrs. Bush is married to former President George H.W. Bush, serving from 1989-1993; George W. Bush, her son, was president from 2001-2009. Her family is with her in Houston.

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