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An election plot twist, a dreaded superbug and a first. It’s Friday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door:
1. Campaign 2016
Yet another twist in the U.S. soap opera …ummm we mean presidential election. A month ago, Democrats were sitting pretty while Republicans squabbled. But things look different now. Democrats are scrambling, and Bernie Sanders is not only calling Hillary Clinton arrogant, he’s all fired up to debate Donald Trump. On the GOP side, Trump has the delegates to clinch the Republican nomination, and his critics are all mellow now. What’s next? Grab some popcorn, sit back and hold on. Things are moving fast.
2. Superbug discovered
It’s the superbug that doctors hoped they’d never see. And for the first time, it has been discovered in the United States. A Pennsylvania woman was diagnosed with a rare kind of E. coli infection that does not respond to antibiotics. What’s even more worrying is that the bacteria is resistant to colistin, an antibiotic that doctors use as a last resort when others fail. Following the alarming discovery, a top federal health official urged scientists to develop new drugs … quickly.
3. Obama in Hiroshima
President Obama made history today in Hiroshima, a city obliterated by a U.S. atomic bomb seven decades ago. His trip makes him the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Japanese city, casting a powerful spotlight on one of history’s darkest days. He’s also expected to meet some survivors of the blast, who were kids when their city was destroyed. But if you’re expecting him to apologize for the atomic bomb that killed 140,000 people, officials say that’s not going to happen.
4. ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill
Louisiana is expanding its hate-crimes statute to include attacks against police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Traditionally, a crime is considered a hate crime if a victim is targeted because of identity-based characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. But Louisiana’s new law goes beyond that, making it the first state to add vocation to that list. The law comes amid friction with the Black Lives Matter movement.
5. EgyptAir signal
Search teams have detected an emergency signal from the wreckage of an EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean. The signals came from the plane’s emergency locator transmitter, which can activate at impact to send a distress signal, a report says. Such signals can help pinpoint a search area, and are different from pings emitted by the black boxes. The jetliner was heading from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard when it crashed this month.
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It’s another year of double winners at the National Spelling Bee. Winners Nihar Janga and Jairam Hathwar got $40,000, lots of cool stuff and bragging rights for life.
Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to lay a ginormous data cable that’ll stretch across the Atlantic and bring us idiotic social media posts even faster.
Looks like Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are getting divorced after all. She filed papers yesterday, citing – you guessed it – irreconcilable differences.
Number of the day: 8
Not a good number, says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who strongly hinted yesterday the Supremes work much better as a nine-member panel.
And finally …
Walk on the wild side
Cuteness alert! An adorable little girl takes a leisurely stroll with an equally adorable baby rhino at a wildlife conservancy in Kenya.