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*Sun & Clouds today high near 86

*Lyda Krewson became the 46th St. Louis Mayor yesterday, the first woman in that office. She had about a 10 minute inauguration speech where she said she wants to find the resources for more summer jobs and recreation programs and to rebuild the relationship between law enforcement and the community. She also wants to focus on safe public transportation.

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April’s Time In The Spotlight Is Almost Over-It's almost time to say goodbye to April the Giraffe.

Officials with the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, say the live stream of the momma giraffe is coming down after April sustained an injury on Monday. The 15-year-old giraffe twisted her leg, which they say is the equivalent of a human twisting their ankle.

The injury, while minor, has created an avalanche of emails which the zoo said is slowing down their email servers. The video will be disabled at some point between today and Friday.

You can still be a part of the action and vote for the baby’s name.

Source: People


Huge Asteroid Is Going To Skim The Earth’s Personal Space-You know how uncomfortable it is when someone invades your personal space? Think of that happening on a global scale thanks to a rude asteroid.

The asteroid, the size of a football stadium, is going to be very close when it shoots past Earth today, at least "close" in astronomical terms. The giant space rock will be one-point-one million miles away when it flies by. That's a long way, but it's only a little more than four-and-a-half times the distance from Earth to the moon.

Astronomers say that's really close, as these things are measured. It's the closest a big asteroid has come since 2004. As astronomy website is calling it "The Rock," after actor and former WWE star Dwayne Johnson.

The best time to see the asteroid float by is tomorrow and Friday, but don’t miss it. The space rock isn’t supposed to come back around for 500 years.

Source: AOL


Fast Food Worker’s Quick Thinking Helped End Manhunt-An alert McDonald's employee in Pennsylvania is being credited with tipping off police to the so-called Facebook killer.

Thomas DuCharme Jr., owner and operator of the McDonald's near Erie, said Steve Stephens was recognized by a drive-through window attendant, who called authorities. Stephens was found dead in his car of a self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday after a brief police chase that began in the McDonald's parking lot.

Workers at the restaurant said Stephens ordered 20 nuggets and fries before police arrived. They delayed giving Stephens the fries to give police time to arrive, but he drove off. State Police didn't say whether anyone would be eligible for the 50-thousand-dollar award that was being offered. As we told you previously, Stephens was the subject of a nationwide manhunt after he allegedly shot and killed Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland, Ohio on Easter Sunday and posted a video of it on Facebook.

Source: CBS Philly


U.S. “Armada” Was Not Being Sent To North Korea-No, U.S. warships are not yet massing off the coast of North Korea, as President Trump announced last week.

Trump's announcement last Tuesday that, "We're sending in an armada," was more than a week early. At that time, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson and three other warships were heading to the Indian Ocean for joint exercises with the Australian Navy. They did cut the exercises short to head over to Korea, though.

The White House said yesterday it was relying on guidance from the Pentagon, where Defense Department officials acknowledge a series of misstatements. The carrier group is now on its way to the Korean Peninsula, where it's expected to arrive next week.

Some pundits note the “misstep” could have been deliberate to throw off Kim Jung-un.

Source: BBC


Aaron Hernandez Has Committed Suicide In Prison-The Massachusetts Department of Corrections says former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in prison.

The news comes five days after he was acquitted in the murders of two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez was serving life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Officials say Hernandez was found hanging in his cell by a bedsheet this morning, shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern time. He apparently attempted to block the cell door by jamming things against it.

The former NFL star was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. He was 27 years old. 

Source: Boston Globe


Trump Uses Clinton Legal Troubles To Claim Immunity In A Lawsuit-A legal headache for former President Bill Clinton is being cited to help President Trump.

Three protesters, Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau, accuse two men, Alvin Bamberger and Matthew Heimbach, of assaulting them at a Kentucky rally in March 2016. So, they have brought a lawsuit against the men and have named Donald Trump in it for inciting the violence.

In a court filing Friday, the president’s attorneys say he has blanket immunity due to his office. The documents say "Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is President of the United States. Mr. Trump is immune from proceedings pursuant to Clinton v. Jones."

The odd thing about choosing that case is, Clinton was ruled not immune from a lawsuit in that case and it led to his impeachment hearings. On the other hand, two major Supreme Court cases, one under President Andrew Johnson and one with President Richard Nixon, held that presidents have broad immunity when it comes to their actions in office.

Source: CNN


Russian Bombers Were Caught Flying Near Alaska-The U.S. military says it intercepted a pair of Russian bombers close to Alaska.

The pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew within 100 miles of Kodiak Island and close enough to alert the United States Air Defense Identification Zone. The U.S. military says it scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the bombers.

This is not an unusual occurrence; Russian aircraft have flown into the vicinity 60 times since 2007.

Source: NBC News

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