11 News Stories You Need to Know – March 5, 2019

1. Millions Across the U.S. Experience Freezing Temps

Nearly 220 million people throughout the U.S. awoke Tuesday to freezing temperatures thanks to an arctic air mass that has swept across the country. Many states are experiencing temperatures far below average, including Texas, New Mexico, Montana and Alabama, as the frigid weather conditions are likely to remain for the week ahead. In California, thousands were ordered to flee as a potentially dangerous storm moves into the state, delivering heavy rain and snow. However, the good news is this polar blast is expected to be the last widespread outbreak of freezing temperatures for the winter as spring will soon bring milder temperatures.

 

2. No Charges for Officers in Stephon Clark’s Death

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the police officers responsible for the shooting death of Stephon Clark last March will not face criminal charges. Stephon Clark, 22, was shot and killed on March 18, 2018, in Sacramento after being chased by police into his grandmother’s backyard. The incident captured national headlines and fury as Clark, an unarmed black man, was shot seven times by two police officers, including three times while his back was turned. The death of Stephon Clark continued the conversation of the perceived injustice among the African American community toward police. On Monday night, before the announcement of no charges connected to Clark’s death, many took to the streets to demonstrate and protest in Sacramento which resulted in the arrest of 84 people.

 

3. Explosives Found at Heathrow Airport, Other Locations in the U.K.

Counterterrorism authorities are investigating three explosive packages that were found at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo station on Tuesday morning. Police say the “small improvised explosive devices” were sent through the mail and appear to be connected. A facility near London’s Heathrow Airport was evacuated after one of the addressed packages caught fire after being opened by staff. The packages appear to have been sent from Ireland and a potential motive remains unclear at this time.

 

4. Cure for HIV?

An HIV-positive man in the U.K. appears to have become the second adult reported to be cured of the AIDS virus in the world. Three years ago, the unidentified British man was reported to have cancer and received chemotherapy treatment that was followed by a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor. Now, nearly 18 months later after the patient has ceased antiretroviral drugs, tests show no sign of the HIV infection. Before this, Timothy Ray Brown, who had HIV for over a decade, was believed to have been the only adult cleared of the HIV/AIDS virus when he underwent two stem cell transplants in 2007 and 2008. Around 35 million people have died from HIV/AIDS since its discovery in the 1980s and an estimated 37 million people around the world are currently infected with the virus.

 

5. Record Immigration at the Border

The U.S. Border Patrol arrested a record breaking 136,150 people traveling as families for illegally crossing the border from the period of October 2018 to February 2019. The number of family arrests during this 5-month period surpasses all records for any previous 12-month period. The prior full-year record was 107,212 during the fiscal year that ended September 2018. In total, Border Patrol arrested more than 260,000 people from October to February, a 90 percent increase from the same period last year. Border agents apprehended 66,000 migrants in February alone, the highest number for a single month in nearly 10 years.

 

6. NSA Shutdowns Controversial Program

The National Security Agency (NSA) has discontinued a controversial phone data collection program that analyzed Americans’ calls and texts for years, according to a senior congressional aide. The NSA is believed to have discreetly pushed the program aside and is said to have not used the system in six months. The NSA had been collecting massive amounts of metadata from American’s calls and texts in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to enhance national security. The program was initially exposed in 2013 by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor who illegally leaked documents unveiling classified government surveillance programs. The program collected 534 million records in 2017.

 

7. Mayor Bloomberg Opts-out

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to forgo a 2020 presidential run, quelling months-long speculation that the Billionaire-turned politician would challenge President Donald Trump as a moderate Democrat. Bloomberg, 77, announced that he would not seek the Democratic nomination due to the difficulty in standing out in the “crowded field” of progressive candidates. Previously, Mayor Bloomberg spent millions of his own dollars during the 2018 midterm elections to help Democratic candidates for Congress win their races.

 

8. Chinese Hackers Target American Universities

Chinese hackers have targeted 27 universities in the U.S. and around the world in an effort to gain information on maritime military research, according to cybersecurity data obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The hackers sent phishing emails that contained malware to universities studying marine technology in an attempt to maliciously obtain military research that could prove useful.

 

9. U.S. Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs, Suicide Hit Record Levels

The number of American deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide in 2017 hit an all-time high since the data collection began in 1999, according to two health organizations that analyzed CDC data. In total, 151,845 people died from either substance abuse or suicide in 2017, more than doubling 1999 levels. The national death rate for these related deaths rose 6 percent, increasing from 43.9 to 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017. Suicide-related deaths alone increased 4 percent to 14.5 deaths per 100,000, once again doubling the average annual pace from 1999.

 

10. Meet the World’s Youngest Billionaire: Kylie Jenner

At 21 years old, the youngest daughter of the Kardashian family, Kylie Jenner, has become the world’s youngest billionaire, according to Forbes’ annual list of billionaires. The reality TV star has not only earned the title of the world’s youngest billionaire, but also the youngest self-made billionaire of all time. Kylie Jenner has earned her riches from her popular cosmetics company, Kylie Cosmetics, which sells products such as lipsticks, lip liner, concealers, highlighter and blush. Jenner started the company in 2015 and launched collaborations with her sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West. The company made an estimated $360 million in 2018.

 

11. Forbes List of Billionaires

Forbes unveiled their annual list of the world’s billionaires, estimating that there are 2,153 billionaires around the world. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, ranked again at number 1, with Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates followed behind at number 2. As for President Donald Trump, his net worth remains unchanged from 2018 at $3.1 billion.

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