*Scattered showers are possible today high 87
*President Trump is in town today in Granite City, Illinois..He'll be at U.S. Steel speaking to the 500 employees and local residents. U.S. Steel says it was Trump's plan to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum when the company announced in March it was firing up an idled blast furnace at Granite City Works.
A bomb was detonated outside the U.S. embassy building in Beijing today which fortunately did little more than just cause some panic.
Authorities say only the lone bomber was injured in the blast. The 26-year-old was arrested and taken to the hospital to treat a hand injury. It is believed the small explosion was caused by a "firework device." There was no damage caused to the embassy and it resumed normal operations a short while after.
Police responded quickly to the blast and say they have no motive yet. It is not clear whether it may have been inspired by a trade dispute between the U.S. and China. (NY Times)
Facebook’s Value Dropped Like A Rock Yesterday -
Facebook's value is down over 125-billion-dollars after its quarterly report showed slower growth and disappointing revenue.
Shares of the social network plunged over 20-percent in after hours trading. The company cautioned investors to expect a major jump in costs as it works to improve users' privacy and data security.
Growth in new users also slowed to eleven percent in the second quarter while total expenses rose 50 percent compared with the same period last year. Facebook's woes also caused shares of Twitter and Snap to drop.
A similar drop during the Cambridge Analytica caused a scare, but the stock rebounded.
Source: Market Watch
Paul Ryan Calls For An End To National Division And Social Media Caution -
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for a return to more civil discourse.
The Wisconsin Republican will retire from Congress when his current term ends. In a Capitol speech yesterday, Ryan expressed regrets about the increasingly angry, partisan divide in the U.S. He called it a zero sum game.
Ryan said disillusion has become the default setting for many people. He noted that more Americans are connected in the digital era than ever before. At the same time, Ryan said many people are feeling more disconnected. He argued that it is time to rediscover the nation's common humanity to restore civil discourse.
While he pointed to Donald Trump as a catalyst, without mentioning his name, Ryan also said that social media is making things worse by amplifying the trends. He notes “These days, we don’t even really set out to persuade anymore. We just hit each over the head until the music stops.”
Source: The Hill
Appeals Court Orders The Release Of Parkland School Surveillance Videos -
A Florida appeals court is ordering the release of surveillance video of the law enforcement response to the deadly Parkland school shooting.
In its ruling yesterday, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's ruling that directed the release of school security camera footage as public records. The Broward County School Board, sheriff's office and prosecutors opposed the release of the videos to news organizations.
The video will be released, by order, within 48 hours.
Former student Nikolas Cruz is accused of opening fire and killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.
Source: Miami Herald
DNA Used To Identify Remains Of 9/11 Victim -
Another victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks is identified as a result of DNA testing.
Scientists have positively identified a 26-year-old securities analyst, Scott Michael Johnson of New Jersey, who worked at the investment banking firm Keefe, Bruyette and Woods on the building’s 89th floor..
Using advanced DNA forensics, the missing persons unit has worked tirelessly to identify victims in the 17 years since the attacks. Johnson's father Thomas, a board member at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, called the news a painful reminder of his son's loss.
To date, 1,642 of the 2,753 victims have been identified. New DNA technology is finally allowing the medical examiner to give closure to the families.
Source: New York Post
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