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It’s Friday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
1. Bin Laden raid
Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Tonight at 8 on CNN, President Obama and key members of his inner circle talk about the raid that led to the death of the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Obama said he hopes that, in his last moments, bin Laden understood that America had not forgotten about the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks.
2. Ringling Bros. elephants
It’s the end of an era. Elephants performed for the last time yesterday for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. They’re now headed for a conservation center in Florida. But the battle’s far from over for animal rights activists because all the other animals will remain with the circus.
3. May Day protests
In Seattle, the first day of May meant marches and Molotov cocktails. Protesters lit fireworks and threw rocks at cops as May Day rallies went south. Nine people were arrested and five officers were injured. But Emerald City wasn’t alone. Clashes broke out at gatherings across the globe - from Paris to Moscow, Istanbul to London. Here’s a primer why.
4. Cuba cruise
The first U.S. cruise ship in decades to sail to Cuba will dock in Havana today. American and Cuban flags waved, and salsa music played. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the history-making trip. A small group of protesters made their voices heard outside the port in Miami before the ship left, and police checked out a boat labeled “Democracia” where demonstrators held up signs critical of the Cuban regime.
5. Puerto Rico
Seems like Puerto Ricans have always made a beeline to the mainland United States looking for better opportunities. But a new report suggests the island may be in the midst of a historic exodus. In the first half of this decade about 263,000 people left the island for the mainland, more than the half million Puerto Ricans who left in the first half of the 1950s, the last period of high emigration. Now, just like then, they’re leaving for the same reasons – high unemployment and a lack of opportunities.
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Quote of the day:
“I know I’m not Beyoncé, I can’t dance or anything like that”
President Barack Obama, literally dropping the mic Saturday night as he ended his final appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Did you miss it? Here’s Obama’s 10 best lines, host Larry Wilmore’s best quips and a gallery of red carpet pics.
If this doesn’t melt your heart, you don’t have one. A sloth in Ecuador was found holding onto a guard rail for dear life near a busy highway. Police rescued it, a vet made sure it was OK and it was released back into the wild.
Want some good news? How about a miracle? Late last week a 72-year-old man was rescued from the rubble 13 days after Ecuador’s earthquake.
We won’t spoil it for you, ‘cause we’re nice people, but “Game of Thrones” made some noise on the Jon Snow front last night.
Ready for her close up
Watch out Prince George! Your days of soaking up all the attention may be numbered now that little sister Princess Charlotte’s 1st birthday pics are out.
Thanks a lot, jerk
Comedian Amy Schumer says no more pics with fans after a man this weekend in South Carolina scared the crap out of her while demanding a photo.
How to disappear completely
Radiohead is gone, at least on social media. Over the weekend all of the band’s tweets and Facebook posts mysteriously disappeared. So, new album?
Who wants to be a millionaire?
Powerball jackpot is $348 million; the next drawing is Wednesday. So you know what to do. You have almost no chance of winning, but has that ever stopped you?
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH
Here’s what’s happening today.
What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate
A probate hearing in the looming battle over Prince’s estate is planned for today in a Minneapolis court.
Hot car death trial
Opening statements are set to start this week in Justin Ross Harris’ trial. Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot car to die two years ago.