The co-pilot in the Germanwings crash was once suicidal. The backlash against Indiana’s “religious freedom” law grows. And “The Daily Show” gets a new host.
It’s Monday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
Resettling: The United States has been criticized for the low numbers of Syrian refugees it has taken in during the current crisis. Now something is being done about it. Yesterday President Obama called for his administration to prepare for at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to be admitted to the United States in the coming year. But that probably won’t be enough. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told a group of lawmakers yesterday that “an additional increase beyond that” number would be sought.
Convert, pay, or die: ISIS beheaded Christians in Libya in a video released yesterday. The victims – in two groups – knelt in orange jump suits on a beach. They are thought to have been Ethiopian Christians. There may have been a way out for them, the narrator said – pay money. There is a provision in strict interpretations of Sharia for Christians to live under Islamic rule, if they pay a tax. The video gave an example: Christians in Mosul, Iraq, were given the choice to convert or pay.
CALIFORNIA OIL SPILL
Progress: ISIS can’t always hold what it captures. Their victories grab headlines, but Iraqi forces and coalition airstrikes are eating into the extremists’ territory. Over the weekend, Iraqis took back the country’s largest refinery in Baiji from ISIS. A week earlier, the terror group purported to be holding part of it and posted photos to back up its claim. ISIS took a big one on the chin in the north as well, as Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers cleared 32 square miles of territory ISIS previously held.
Melting away: Here’s a sobering thought: One of the few remaining sections of Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf will likely be gone by the end of this decade, according to a new NASA study. And that could have huge consequences The disintegration of ice shelves can hasten the rise of global sea levels, which could lead to swaths of countries and even parts of New York City flooded.
MAD MEN FINALE
Spoiler alert: No, Don Draper didn’t jump out a window (like his silhouette on the opening credits might suggest). Instead, when AMC’s “Mad Men” came to an end, Draper (Jon Hamm) sat on a California shoreline, welcoming the dawn of a new day, with “new hope … new ideas, new you.” Here’s what else happened in the highly anticipated series finale.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
’I’ve got this’: Here’s a video of a squirrel trying desperately to drive a car.
Got your nose!: Baby elephant’s confused: where’s the trunk on her human friend?
Be still, my melting heart: What’s cuter than a tiny tortoise? A tiny tortoise eating tiny pancakes.
Grocery groans: A man makes annoying food puns while his girlfriend shops.