Tornadoes threaten two million lives and [redacted] officially claims the Iron Throne. It’s Monday. Here’s what you missed.
But first, don’t be this guy: A drunk passenger on an Aeroflot flight reportedly tried to enter the cockpit and broke a flight attendant’s leg in the process.
At least 2 million people face possible tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma, the Storm Prediction Center warned Monday. Parts of Texas and Oklahoma, including all of Oklahoma City, were at “high risk” for severe weather – the most serious of five risk categories. The latest forecast raised tornado probabilities to 45% from northwest Texas into central Oklahoma, the center said in its midday forecast. This means there’s a 45% chance of a tornado forming within 25 miles of any spot in the area. The last time a 45% tornado outlook was issued was before an outbreak in Oklahoma and Kansas on April 14, 2012, when 122 tornadoes formed, killing 6 people.
And speaking of Oklahoma …
The number of measles cases in the U.S. keeps climbing despite efforts to stop the disease once eliminated here nearly two decades ago. Another 41 cases were reported last week, raising this year’s total to 880, the CDC reported Monday. That’s the highest annual total since 1994, and the year isn’t half over yet. Measles has been reported in 24 states, with Oklahoma joining the list this week. Most cases remain in New York City and its suburbs. But there’s (kind of?) good news: The number of additional cases was the lowest in several weeks. The week prior saw 75 new cases.
Anti-money laundering specialists flagged transactions involving President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the New York Times reported, and now Trump’s back at it with the newspaper. Software made to spot illegal activity alerted Deutsche Bank staff to the transactions, but executives for the bank – which issued huge loans to Trump and Kushner – directed staff not to report them to the Treasury Department, per to the Times. Trump did not address the reported suspicious activity on Monday, instead focusing on the article’s assertion that Deutsche Bank was one of the only major lenders willing to give him money. The Times will “pass away when I leave office in 6 years,” Trump tweeted Monday.
Morehouse College’s class of 2019 received a gift most graduates could only dream of: Zero college debt. Billionaire Robert F. Smith announced he will pay off student loans held by the college’s graduating class of about 400 Sunday in a blockbuster announcement. For thousands of other new graduates this month, the burden of paying off debt begins. A few realities about student debt.
- It’s one of the biggest financial burdens. Americans carry $1.57 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, more than what they owe on credit cards. And they’re working overtime to pay back what they borrowed.
- Average debt could cover the cost of a new car. As of June 2018, the average debt carried by those who obtained a Bachelor’s Degree was $29,800.
- The costs keep growing. For students at an in-state public college, tuition rises on average 2.5% a year. Many forced to borrow to pay down costs are not sure it will all be financially worth it.
Haven’t finished ” Game of Thrones” yet? You’re brave. But more importantly: Stop reading.
For those of you still with me: We made it, even if Daenerys and the Iron Throne didn’t. And according to the interwebs, y’all aren’t happy about it. Sunday’s series finale of “Game of Thrones” induced (surprise!) heated reactions, with 60% of you voting on Twitter that you hated it. “Iron Throne” is an episode that will go down as one of the most controversial finales of all time. But, at least we finally got confirmation that Ghost is definitely a good boy.
Here’s everything EVERYONE is saying about the fiery finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones:”
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