Prince, 57, found dead in his home

Prince

Beloved Pop music icon Prince, 57, died today. The legendary musician was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Minnesota home, Paisley Park Studios, on Tuesday. There’s currently an ongoing investigation.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson, he won legions of devoted fans across generations, and was at the height of his popularity and artistic influence in the 1980s, exemplified by his 1984 hit “When doves cry,” and his beloved major motion picture event, “Purple Rain.” He’s known for pioneering the highly sensual “Minneapolis Style” and for fighting for artistic freedom within the music industry.

Like David Bowie, who died earlier this year, Prince is one of those rare performers whose career and persona has inspired great respect and devotion among fans, which spreads to those who don’t even listen to his music. His gravitas and passion for his art are clear to observers of modern popular culture. And he will be missed.

Learn more about Prince’s tragic death (CNN)

 

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Texas Flooding: 8 dead in Houston after heavy rains

Texas Flooding

Severe flooding has claimed the lives of at least eight people in Houston, Texas, and over 1,200 have been rescued. Large sections of the Houston metro region are under water on Tuesday, with waters reaching a depth of 15 feet in some locations.

The massive flooding was caused by heavy rain, which fell at a rate of 4 inches per hour Monday. Between 10 and 20 inches of rain fell on parts of Harris county. Damns are in danger of breaking, and drivers trapped in their vehicles on flooded roads are at particularly high risk of drowning.

Learn more about severe flooding in Houston, Texas (The Weather Channel)

Trump and Clinton Win New York

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With 247 delegates at stake for Democrats, and 95 for Republicans, the New York Primary Race is a big deal. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have risen to the occasion, soundly thrashing their political rivals. Trailing behind, Governor John Kasich of Ohio won about 25% of the vote, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the antithesis of a stereotypical New Yorker by any stretch of the imagination, garnered only about 15% of the vote.

Trump, a native New Yorker himself, won well over 50% of the vote, and will likely acquire all 95 delegates. Trump’s victory follows a significant staff shake-up in his campaign, which was apparently a wise move.

So far, Clinton, New York State’s former senator, has won over 57% of the vote. Sanders, who was born and raised in New York before moving to Vermont, won just 43%, further frustrating Sander’s increasingly unlikely bid for the white house.

Learn more about the New York Primary (CNN)

 

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Photo Collection: Reuters wins Pulitzer for migrant crisis photography

Reuters wins Pulitzer for Photography of migrant crisis

The Reuters news service has won the Pulitzer for its captivating photography of the migrant crisis. View this engaging collection of photographs exploring the plight of migrants, who seek refuge and struggle to survive. The images are moving, disturbing, and shocking. The photographic collection effectively conveys the pathos of their plight.

View slide show of powerful Reuters photographs (Reuters)

Watch Boston Marathon Coverage Live

Watch Boston Marathon Coverage

Watch Boston Marathon Coverage Live

Boston – Monday, April 18, 2016

Watch media coverage of one of the premier running events throughout the world, hosted in one of America’s most historic city’s, with this convenient live-feed.

“The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States.It is always held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathoncompetition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events…” (Read Full Wikipedia Article for History)

7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Ecuador

ecuador earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck Ecuador about 8 pm on Saturday, affecting the capital of Quito, and the city of Guayaquil, among other places, and triggering Tsunami warnings along the coast.

The 7.8 magnitude quake’s epicenter was off the northwest Pacific coast, and at least 28 people are dead, along with structural damage, and much fear and confusion. Parts of the capital were without electricity and telephone service, following the quake, but residents successfully communicated using whatsapp on their smart phones.

The temblor follows an earlier earthquake and tremors in Japan that killed 32 people in Kumamoto province, and 9 on Thursday.

Learn more about Ecuadoran Earthquake (Reuters)

 

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Saudis threaten reprisals over 9/11 bill

Saudis threaten reprisals over 9/11 bill

Congressional lawmakers are debating a law that would permit U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, like 9/11. Saudi Arabia, the nation of origin for the majority of 9/11 conspirators, opposes the bill, and is threatening to sell off American assets if the bill passes.

The Obama Administration opposes the bill, claiming it could lead to economic risks for the U.S., and clearly Saudi Arabia is a key strategic ally in the middle east. Obviously the Saudis are protecting their own economic interests: there are about three thousand 9/11 victims, so lawsuits could prove costly.

Though the government of Saudi Arabia was never officially linked to the terrorist attacks, one of the 9/11 conspirators, Zacarias Moussaoui, claimed members of the Saudi Royal Family were Al Qaeda supporters. (CNN)

Learn more about Saudi opposition to the 9/11 Bill (CNN)

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