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Historic Flooding: The Midwest is bracing for more rain and more flooding. Historic flooding in the area has already breached dams and levees and cut off some towns, turning them into islands. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit Nebraska to survey the damage today. Governors of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa have either declared emergencies or disasters.
Read more: AccuWeather, The Weather Channel, NYT
Shootings: A gunman opened fire on a tram in the Netherlands yesterday morning, killing three people and hurting five others. It’s possible this was a terrorist attack, but authorities aren’t sure yet. A Turkish immigrant has been arrested. Also, lawmakers in New Zealand have agreed to reform gun laws there, including a crackdown on semi-automatic weapons.
Read more: NYT, Fox News, AP
Read more: CNN, Washington Post
Whale Full of Plastic: A dead whale washed up on a beach in the Philippines, and researchers found it had almost 100 pounds of plastic in its stomach. Most of it was plastic bags. Environmental activists are calling for governments to do more to keep people from using the ocean as a dumpster.
Read more: CBS News, NPR
Supercomputer Aurora: Intel and the U.S. Department of Energy are teaming up to create what they’ll call Aurora – America’s first exascale supercomputer. It will be capable of processing one quintillion calculations per second and could help with everything from climate predictions to cancer research. It’s set to be complete in 2021.
Read more: Business Insider, Intel, Axios
SpaceX Mars Rocket: Testing might begin this week on the first prototype of Starship, the launch system SpaceX hopes will eventually take people to Mars. 'Test Hopper' can’t actually launch into space, but it will test out some hardware and ideas that SpaceX needs to create Starship. CEO Elon Musk hopes Starship will reach orbit as soon as next year and reach Mars in 2024.
Read more: Business Insider, Space.com
Myspace Content Gone: Remember Myspace? If you posted any music, photos or videos to the site before 2016, it’s likely gone. Apparently, the company deleted twelve years worth of user content by mistake because of a faulty server migration project.
Read more: Engadget, Gizmodo
Facebook’s Local News: Facebook wants to give users more local news, but it’s having a hard time finding it. Last year, the company started a service called Today In, which collects news stories from local outlets. Problem is: the social media site found 40 percent of Americans actually live in cities where there wasn’t enough local news coverage. Facebook is trying to fix the issue by sharing research with academics and giving out grants.
Read more: NBC News/AP, Axios
CBD Jelly Beans: The former owner of Jelly Belly is now making CBD-infused jelly beans, and they come in nearly 40 flavors. CBD is a compound found in marijuana plants that can affect you, but doesn’t get you high (like THC does).
Read more: MarketWatch, CBS News