daily links: april 2018

CNN.com—Dozens dead in chemical attack in Syria that dictator Assad appears to have ordered against his own civilian population
ABCnews.com—FBI raids home and offices of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen
CBS News—Man hospitalized after participating in chili pepper eating contest
BBC News—Woman charged with possession of cocaine says the wind must have blown it into her purse
USA Today—Lindsey Buckingham kicked out of Fleetwood Mac
NBC News—New trailer released for upcoming Han Solo origin movie

CNN.com—White House says that Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller directly despite the law governing the appointment and removal of the special counsel
USA Today—Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress about Facebook being used to interfere with elections
ABCnews.com—Boston Marathon says it will allow trans women to compete in the female category
NBC News—DOJ approves Bayer's $62 billion bid for Monsanto
CBS News—Cereal companies returning to sugar-filled original versions after healthier options failed to sell well with consumers
BBC News—Victim of revenge porn awarded $6 million in damages

ABCnews.com—Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says he will retire from Congress after his current term is up
NBC News—Bipartisan bill wants to make it impossible for Trump to fire Mueller
USA Today—Bank of America will no longer lend money to companies that manufacture military-style assault rifles for the civilian market
CNN.com—Spotify and Hulu partner to offer $13 monthly subscription bundle
BBC News—Previously unpublished Middle Earth story by Tolkien to be published as a book in August
CBS News—Wheel of Fortune contestant loses thousands after mispronouncing a word from a puzzle he solved

NBC News—This is a real shocker: Trump is no longer interested in doing an interview with Mueller
CNN.com—Uber to start offering peer-to-peer car rentals
BBC News—Less than half of our bodies are made up of human cells
CBS News—20% of millenials don't know what the Holocaust is, and two thirds of them have never heard of Auschwitz
USA Today—US guitar makers could be affected by new international regulations around the logging of rosewood
ABCnews.com—Apple's new headquarters now powered by 100% renewable energy

CBS News—Proposal to split California into three smaller states could be on the state's ballot this year
ABCnews.com—Marine Corps names its first black female general
CNN.com—Trump pardons former Cheney aide Scooter Libby
USA Today—Heinz says it will release ketchup-mayo mashup if a poll about it gets 500,000 yes votes
NBC News—NASA's new satellite will search for alien worlds
BBC News—Door to room in the Chelsea Hotel where Bob Dylan lived for a time sells for $100,000 at auction

CNN.com—Michael Cohen's mystery third client revealed to be Fox News host Sean Hannity, who insists that he was not a client in the traditional sense but still wants to invoke attorney-client privilege related to their conversations
NBC News—Prominent gay rights lawyer burns himself to death in NYC in protest of our reliance on fossil fuels
USA Today—Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music for his recent album Damn
BBC News—Drill instructor from Full Metal Jacket, R. Lee Ermey, dies at 74
CBS News—Conservative policy makers pushing for drug testing for food stamp recipients
ABCnews.com—Beyonce donates $100,000 to four historically black colleges

CBS News—Supreme Court strikes down part of Trump's immigration law
ABCnews.com—Meteorite fragment may prove existence of lost planet that used to be part of the solar system
CNN.com—One dead after Southwest flight depressurizes and is forced to make an emergency landing
USA Today—Elon Musk's Boring Company raises $113 million from investors
NBC News—Starbucks to close 8,000 stores in the US on May 29 for racial bias training
BBC News—Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

ABCnews.com—Trump's pick for new Secretary of State, who has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, had a secret meeting with North Korean officials earlier this month
BBC News—Elon Musk's plan to increase productivity at his Tesla plant: telling workers to walk out of meetings, ignore the chain of command, and violate company policies when necessary. That works when you're the CEO, but otherwise...
NBC News—Governor Cuomo restores voting rights to 35,000 parolees ahead of primary challenge from celebrity candidate
USA Today—Twitter users call for the firing of a tenured professor after she characterized the late Barbara Bush as a racist
CBS News—Scientists working on enzymes that can quickly break down plastics into environmentally friendly components
CNN.com—Steven Spielberg to direct a superhero movie featuring DC characters

CNN.com—In new interview with CNN, Comey says he believes it's possible that the Russians have compromising information on Trump
USA Today—Red flag gun laws endorsed by Trump could violate the Constitution
ABCnews.com—Rudy Giuliani joining Trump's legal team
BBC News—Magician David Copperfield forced to reveal how a trick works as part of a lawsuit
NBC News—Night Court star Harry Anderson dies at 65
CBS News—Kanye West announces two new albums to be released this June

CNN.com—DMC suing Trump campaign and several Trump associates/advisors for conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election
CBS News—Trump's non-scientist pick to head NASA is narrowly confirmed by Senate
NBC News—Students nationwide stage walkouts to push for gun control reform on anniversary of Columbine massacre
USA Today—Study concludes that humans have killed off most of Earth's large mammals
ABCnews.com—Wells Fargo hit with $1 billion fine from US regulators
BBC News—Radiohead's reissued OK Computer was the biggest seller at indie record stores over the past year

CBS News—Volcano on Japan's main island erupts for the first time in 250 years
NBC News—Michael Bloomberg gives $4.5 million to UN climate change effort to make up for shortfall caused by US budget cuts
BBC News—Surgeons at Johns Hopkins perform world's first total penis and scrotum transplant
ABCnews.com—Princess Kate gives birth to her third child, a second son
USA Today—Airbus considers putting sleeping pods in airline cargo holds
CNN.com—Verne Troyer, who played Mini Me in the Austin Powers films, dies at 49

CBS News—Finland to end its experiment with universal basic income after two years
CNN.com—Trump backs away from his nominee to head the VA after allegations of drinking on the job and creating a hostile work environment surface
USA Today—Amazon will now deliver to the trunk of your car
ABCnews.com—James Comey's book sells more than 600,000 copies its first week of release
BBC News—Canada investing in the development of quantum radar to better detect stealth aircraft
NBC News—2020 census to count same sex couples for the first time

ABCnews.com—Scientists release most detailed star chart yet of the Milky Way
CBS News—Suspected serial killer responsible for 12 murders and dozens of rapes identified as a former police officer
NBC News—Man who killed 10 people with a van in Toronto is part of a misogynistic, violent online group
BBC News—Penn State disbands student outdoor, caving, and scuba clubs, deeming them too risky
CNN.com—Amazon unveils colorful Echo Dots aimed at kids with built in parental controls
USA Today—Google to replace gun emoji with water pistol following Apple's 2016 lead

CNN.com—Bill Cosby found guilty in criminal sexual assault trial
USA Today—Senate approves CIA director to lead the State Department
CBS News—Trump's nominee to head the VA withdraws amid claims of professional misconduct
BBC News—Trump's personal lawyer in the Stormy Daniels case announces that he plans to plead the fifth during any testimony
NBC News—Google releases major update for Gmail
ABCnews.com—Janelle Monae says she considers herself to be pansexual

NBC News—Ford to cease production of all passenger cars except the Mustang by 2022, instead focusing on SUVs and trucks
BBC News—Scientists keep pig brain alive for 36 hours after the pig's head was decapitated from its body
USA Today—Amazon raises price of annual Prime subscription to $119, a 20% increase
CBS News—Judge dismisses Paul Manafort's civil suit that sought to challenge the authority of Mueller's special counsel investigation
ABCnews.com—Bill Gates donates $12 million for research into universal flu vaccine
CNN.com—Abba announce that they have recorded two new songs together

ABCnews.com—Avengers: Infinity War has biggest opening weekend of all time
USA Today—T-Mobile and Sprint announce merger that will make the new company the third largest wireless carrier in the country
CNN.com—Stormy Daniels files new lawsuit against Trump for defamation
CBS News—Russia launches floating nuclear power plant that will eventually provide energy to a remote port in the Arctic
NBC News—Multiple White House employees allege that Trump chief of staff John Kelly has called the president an idiot
BBC News—EU announces near-total ban on insecticides suspected of causing harm to bee colonies

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