5.7.2018

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5.7.2018
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Need To Know.
NSA Triples Collection of Phone Records.
The National Security Agency collected data on more than 534 million phone calls and text messages in 2017, according to a new report. That figure is nearly triple the 151 million collected in 2016 (see report). The program - informally known as Section 702, a reference to the relevant section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (or FISA) - is meant to target foreign communications but often sweeps up American's data in the process. The report indicated that just over 129,000 foreign organizations or individuals were targeted, with around 7,500 Americans included in some way (i.e. an American was contacted by one of the entities under surveillance). Congress attempted to limit the scope of the program in 2015 in response to Edward Snowden's leak revealing far-reaching government surveillance, but it has still been criticized for allowing warrantless wiretapping of American phone calls.  

Unemployment Hits Lowest Rate Since 2000.
The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate hit 3.9%, its lowest since the year 2000. Average hourly earnings also rose $0.04 last month, bringing earnings up by 2.6% over the past year. April also marked the 91st month of jobs gains - meaning the economy has added jobs every month for over seven years, the longest streak on record. The number of jobs gained each month has been decreasing each year since 2014, though experts say this is expected for an economy in a long term recovery (last December marked 10 years since the beginning of the Great Recession). Some pointed out that the low rate is partially explained by people leaving the workforce - the percentage of working age people to total population dropped from 60.4% to 60.3%. The last time the economy saw sustained unemployment below 4% was the late 1960s. 

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High Profile Arrests in Indian Rape Cases.
Indian officials arrested at least 22 men in three separate rape cases in the eastern part of the country over the weekend. The arrests come as the country grapples with an epidemic of violent sexual assaults against women, with more cases coming to light as officials work to enforce tougher penalties. In the most high profile case, police arrested 15 men after a 16-year-old girl was burned alive after her family reported her rapists to village elders. According to reports, the men were angered by the punishment handed out by the elders - a sentence of 100 sit-ups and 50,000 rupees (about $750). The village chief was among those detained. Over 39,000 rapes were reported in 2016 in India - though experts say this number is vastly underestimated as many victims do not report to avoid public shaming. 

Increasing sexual violence in India, which is 80% Hindu, often intersects with emerging nationalist strife - like the case of an 8-year-old Muslim girl raped by a group Hindu men.   

 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Justify wins Kentucky Derby; first horse since 1882 to win the Derby without having run as a two-year-old (More)
Hafthor Bjornsson, 'The Mountain' from Game of Thrones, wins 2018 World's Strongest Man (More)
Rapper Post Malone's Beerbongs and Bentleys breaks all-time opening week streaming record with 431M streams (More)
 

Science & Technology.

NASA launches InSight probe that will land on Mars, study the planet's interior (More) | Probe designed by Lockheed Martin, see mission details (More
Researchers demonstrate magnetic device four atomic layers thick with magnetic effects 3x the current record (More)
Pentagon officially elevates US Cyber Command to put it on par with nine other Unified Commands, signals increasing emphasis on digital warfare (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Walmart beats Amazon in bidding war to acquire majority stake in Flipkart the "Amazon of India" (More)
Around 40k attend "Woodstock of Capitalism" - Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting - over the weekend to experience Warren Buffet's empire (More)
Nestle to pay $7.1B for rights to sell Starbucks coffee outside of cafes (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Chair of House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry (R, TX-13) comes out in support of remaining in Iran nuclear deal, deadline for White House decision to pullout is May 12th (More)
Neighboring Lebanon holds first parliamentary vote since beginning of Syrian civil war, a number of candidates represent militant group Hezbollah (More)
Lava from volcano destroys over 30 homes, forces 2,000 to evacuate in Hawaii (w/ photos) (More)
Etcetera.
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First photos released of Prince Louis of Cambridge

Woman turns $18 dollar bet into $1.2M during the Kentucky Derby

The New York Times' summer 2018 movie release schedule (paywall). 

90-year-old becomes oldest man to compete in NASCAR-sanctioned event

Doctor-turned-comedian Ken Jeong jumps off stage during set to assist women having seizure

The best tacos in each state in the US (via Thrillist). 

Netflix and chill is probably killing your love life

Clickbait: Someone kept going to the bathroom on a New Jersey high school track - police arrested a rival school's superintendent.   

Historybook: Germany sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 (1915); HBD Eva 'Evita' Peron (1919); Johnny Unitas born (1933); Germany unconditionally surrenders, ending their participation in WWII (1945); The Scream is recovered undamaged after it's stolen for three months (1994).
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