1. MILITARY CHOPPER CRASH
Five U.S. service members died this weekend when their chopper went down over the Mediterranean during a training exercise. The military has not released the names of those who died yet as they contact their families. Those aboard were in the middle of a "routine air refueling mission training," according to the U.S. European Command.
Doctors say fighting around Shifa Hospital in Gaza City has cut off services they need to save lives; hundreds, including babies, are trapped there by the fighting. Meanwhile, Hezbollah attacks along the Lebanon border injured more than a dozen people. If you have heard the saying "from the river to the sea" and want to know what it means to both sides of the war you can check out this explanation.
More than 180,000 people across France, including 100,000 in Paris, marched peacefully Sunday to protest against rising antisemitism.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
3. BUDGET DEADLINE ENDGAME
This week you are going to hear the word "budget" a lot. Friday is the deadline for Congress to approve a plan to fund the government. This deadline was already punted once, and since then we watched the House struggle to find a leader to bring a bill to passage. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is already warning new Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., that any deal must be bipartisan.
Let us guess: This is going to end up with more money deducted from our paychecks?
SCOTT OUT: In other political news, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott surprised even his own donors and staff by announcing he is pulling out of the Republican presidential nomination race. That leaves Nikki Haley as the only South Carolinian left in a campaign dwarfed by Donald Trump’s commanding presence.
4. SAN FRANCISCO PROTESTS
Thousands of activists are descending upon San Francisco this week during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ conference. Marchers walked through downtown yesterday to log their anger about a number of hot-button issues including corporate profits, environmental abuses, poor working conditions and the Israel-Hamas war. Tens of thousands of summit attendees include President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who are expected to meet.
Demonstrators took to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday.
(AP Photo/ Noah Berger)
5. L.A.'S NEW PARKING LOT
Los Angeles traffic is infamously bad, and right now it's even worse. A massive fire under an elevated stretch of I-10 near downtown drew 160 firefighters over the weekend. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency and says there is no ETA for when the roadway, which carries 300,000 vehicles per day, will reopen. Instead, he suggests working from home or — *gasp* — taking public transportation.
Does all the talk about climate change make you want a pint? Well … that, too, could be impacted by the weather and water changes. Beermakers and researchers are adjusting the way they grow hops, the plant used to make your brewskis.
Talk about a party foul.
If this doesn't convince climate change skeptics, what will?!
7. GET YOUR OWN INSURANCE
Kids these days, amirite? Young adults are now legally allowed to stay on their parents' health insurance plan until they are 26, but eventually the time will come for them to pay their own (very expensive) way. Here is what they should know so they get off to a smooth start.
Because we know too many 26-year-olds who won't tap their beer fund to have a professional take a look at that gnarly rash.
Even superheroes have rough patches and right now it looks like Marvel needs to get back in the game. "The Marvels" opened this weekend with a less than marvelous $47 million at the box office — a new low for a Disney-made Marvel movie. To blame: mediocre reviews, a drop-off in popularity of the genre and the actors strike, which prevented the stars from promoting the film.
Teyonah Parris is Captain Monica Rambeau in “The Marvels."
(Laura Radford/Disney-Marvel Studios via AP)
The reigning NHL champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, are taking a break from the current ice hockey season to celebrate last year's big win. President Joe Biden will welcome them to the White House to congratulate them on taking home the Stanley Cup. Then it'll be back to the ice when the team takes on the Washington Capitals tomorrow.
Today is World Kindness Day, a day meant to highlight the good that is done in our communities. The idea started in 1997 in Tokyo when a group of do-gooders came up with a way to appreciate goodness. The movement is non-religious, non-political and non-commercial, but that doesn't mean organizations can't get in on the fun. For instance, Krispy Kreme is offering free glazed doughnuts today in honor of goodwill.
A New Jersey police officer saved the day — the first day, in fact, for a new baby. While Officer Peter Saker thought he was arriving on the scene to help a mamma make it to the hospital on time, the babe had a different idea. The officer helped deliver the baby at home and tended to it when complications arose. Mother and baby Mia are doing well and everyone seems to be happy to tell this unique story.
Those parents are on notice about who is in charge now.
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