All your news in a single email. We scour 100+ sources so you don't have to. Culture, science, sports, politics, business, and more - all packaged in a 5-minute read below.
Need To Know.
Parkland Officer Charged.
A Florida deputy has been arrested for failing to act while on duty as a safety officer during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. Prosecutors say 56-year-old Scot Peterson never entered the building during the attack that killed 17 and injured 17 others, taking up a position outside despite hearing shots coming from inside the school (see surveillance video). The 14-month-long investigation included 184 witness ended in charges of culpable negligence, child neglect, and perjury. The last charge was tacked on after Peterson, who retired following the shooting rather than face suspension, told investigators he did not hear shots fired after arriving at the location of the attack. Reaction from the Parkland community was largely supportive of the news - critics have contended that though the 11 victims on the ground floor of the building could not have been saved by the time Peterson arrived, he could have intervened as the shooter reached the third floor.
Ebola Outbreak Worsens.
The number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeastern provinces is rising at an alarming rate, according to data from the World Health Organization. 2,008 total cases have been reported since the current outbreak began last July - with nearly 1,350 deaths reported - but over 1,000 of those cases have come in the past two-and-a-half months. Officials said efforts to stop the spread of the virus have been hampered by mistrust of doctors by rural villagers - a recent Harvard Medical School survey found 25% of adults in the region don’t believe the Ebola virus exists. The outbreak also comes amid a 15-year armed conflict, with rebels disrupting medical treatment to drive instability. The current outbreak is the second-worst on record, behind a 2014-2016 epidemic in Western Africa which saw 28,600 cases and over 11,000 deaths.
Trump Meets with May.
President Trump met with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday as part of his week-long state visit to the United Kingdom, praising her efforts to guide the country's exit from the European Union. May, who assumed the post in 2016 when then-Prime Minister David Cameron resigned following a national referendum supported a so-called Brexit, is leaving the office Friday after failing to guide a package governing the separation through Parliament. The President also promised a "phenomenal" trade deal between the two countries once Britain had fully left the EU, and gave vocal support to Boris Johnson, a conservative former Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London seen as a leading contender to replace May. The meetings come as Trump prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces landed in Northern France in World War II, with Queen Elizabeth.
> Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal win in quarterfinals, advance to face each other in French Open semifinal; first match up against each other at French Open since 2011 (More)
> Rihanna named world's richest female musician with $600M net worth, according to Forbes Magazine; tops Madonna ($570M), Celine Dion ($450M), and Beyoncé ($400M) (More)
> UCLA tops Oklahoma to win 2019 Women's College World Series, their 12th NCAA softball national championship (More)
Science & Technology.
> Theoretical researchers say they’ve worked out a way to “save” Schrödinger’s Cat (More) | ...and how quantum mechanics predicts a cat can both alive and dead at the same time (More)
> Study finds coastal areas with natural storm defenses, like mangrove swamps, are more economically resilient to tropical storms (More)
> New York school district to begin testing facial recognition technology to spot potential intruders; tests draw privacy concerns from state officials (More)
Business & Markets.
> US stock markets surge (S&P 500 +2.1%, Dow +2.1%, Nasdaq +2.7%) after Fed Chairman Powell’s comments perceived as possibility for rate cuts (More)
> Executive from Chinese tech giant Huawei states company is willing to sign a "no-spy agreement" with the US amidst continued surveillance concerns (More)
> Cosmetics retailer Sephora to close all stores today for diversity training following racial profiling accusation in April (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> White House instructs former communications aide Hope Hicks, former legal aide Annie Donaldson not to testify to House Judiciary Committee; request puts pair in danger of contempt vote (More)
> China tamps down on commemoration of 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre on 30th anniversary; criticism by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo draws fire (More)
> Death toll in Sudanese government crackdown of pro-democracy protests rises to 60 (More)
Incredible bonuses for the keen traveler.
When it comes to experts on credit card rewards programs, we trust no one more than The Points Guy, and we heard from them again about this card, with some truly mouthwatering perks.
Look no further for 10x miles on select hotel bookings, a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee credit, a 50,000-mile signup bonus, and a low annual fee - which, for that matter, is waived for your first year.
What's more, you can transfer miles to 15 leading airline partners, like the luxurious Etihad Airways. And if you're not always in the air, you can still get 2x miles on all purchases. The Points Guy strongly recommends this card... especially now that the miles are so broadly transferrable. But you don't have to take our word for it; you can check out all the juicy details here.
Historybook: US moves off of gold standard (1933); Bobby Kennedy is shot at campaign rally, dies next day (1968); RIP Ronald Reagan (2004); RIP science fiction writer Ray Bradbury (2012); RIP fashion designer Kate Spade (2018).
"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator." - Bobby Kennedy
Why 1440? The printing press was invented in the year 1440, spreading knowledge to the masses. Guess what else? There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Spend your first five with us and never miss out on the conversation. Drop us a line and let us know how we're doing at hello@Join1440.com.