6.4.2018

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6.4.2018
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Need To Know.
25 Dead as Volcano Erupts in Guatemala.
At least 25 were killed and 300 injured after a volcano erupted outside Guatemala City yesterday afternoon. It was the most violent eruption from Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego in more than four decades, and officials expect the death toll to rise as responders reach rural communities cut off by lava flows. The eruption is different from the current lava flows coming from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano - the Fuego volcano is a stratovolcano, producing pyroclastic flows that move rapidly and destroy nearly everything in their path (see 101). Nearly 3,000 residents were forced to evacuate. 

Separately, about a dozen people are stranded in Hawaii after being surrounded by lava flows. 


Study Says Less Chemo for Breast Cancer.
A landmark study reported that a majority of women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without increasing their risk of dying from the disease. About 266,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year (see stats) - the study focused on those whose cancer had yet to spread to the lymph nodes (learn about each stage here) and was driven by hormones like estrogen and progesterone. The results could spare up to 70,000 breast cancer patients the ordeal of chemotherapy treatment each year. Currently, doctors treat early-stage breast cancer with a combination of surgery and hormone-blocking drugs, while using chemotherapy - which has significant side effects - as a backup to catch any stray cancer cells. 

The study was partially funded by proceeds from the US breast cancer postage stamp, which has raised almost $90M for research since its inception in 1998. 

Unemployment Matches 50-Year Low.
US unemployment hit 3.8% in May as the economy added an estimated 223,000 jobs, exceeding analysts expectations by over 30,000 jobs. The rate matches lows only seen in 1969 and during the dot-com boom of 2000. For Americans with a college degree, unemployment stood at 2%. While many industries saw growth, US manufacturing in particular has been picking up steam, with 18,000 jobs added in May - bringing the sector's gains over the past year to 259,000 added jobs (see data across industries). Unemployment for black Americans fell to 5.9% - though the number can be volatile, dropping from 6.6% in April. Still, it was the lowest number since the Labor Department began breaking down the stats by race. 


Correction: In Friday's story on the NCAA corruption probe of Ole Miss, we mistakenly referred to the school as Mississippi State. We truly apologize to fans and alumni of both schools!  
 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Study traces genetic changes allowing saltwater trout to adapt to the freshwater of Lake Michigan in under 100 years (More)
German court rules the country's intelligence agency can monitor global traffic flowing through world's largest internet hub, whose servers are in Frankfurt (More)
Researchers use AI to predict never-before-made nanoparticles for cloaking, biomedical applications (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Trump says June 12 summit with North Korean Kim Jong Un is back on (More) | Reports suggest similar summit with Vladimir Putin in works (More)
Wildfires burn over 31,000 acres across Colorado, New Mexico (More)
Google says it will not renew contract with Defense Department for Project Maven, which provides AI to analyze drone footage (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Stephen Curry sets NBA Finals record for 3-pointers as Warriors beat Cavs  to go 2-0 in NBA Finals (More) | Capitals defeat Golden Knights 3-1 to go up 2-1 in Stanley Cup Final (More
Solo: A Star Wars Story continues to drop at the box office, brings in just $29M, a 65% decline from last weekend's opening (More)
Robert Mandan, veteran actor famous for Soap, Three's Company, dies at 86 (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Google to halt controversial project assisting Pentagon drones, as work clashes with company principle of "doing no harm" (More)
Airlines predict 12% reduction in 2018 profit expectations citing higher fuel & labor costs (More)
Anonymous bidder pays $3.3M in auction for lunch with Warren Buffett; annual proceeds donated to San Francisco charity (More)
Etcetera.
Destin, Asheville lead list of America's fastest-growing airports

Science says you should be teaching your child to swear

Esquire lists their 21 favorite bars across America

You're not paranoid - donut hole sizes have been getting smaller over time

Teens are leaving Facebook for Instagram, Snapchat according to new survey.

Florida brewery unveils biodegradable six-pack rings that feed sea turtles

See top entries to Nat Geo's 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year contest

The world's smallest park just got a little more official

The Internet has fallen in love with Buff Cat.

Clickbait: FBI agent's gun goes off while dancing at party, shoots man (those dance moves though...)

Historybook: Congress passes 19th amendment, granting suffrage to women (1919); Battle of Midway starts (1942); HBD Angelina Jolie (1975); Hundreds killed at Tiananmen Square protests (1989); RIP John Wooden (2010).
 
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