Below are the top five news stories in five news categories: Politics, Science and Environment, Religion, World News, and Entertainment.
Trump Walks Out Before Signing Executive Orders
Friday March 31, 2017 President Trump walked out before signing executive orders that were aimed at targeting trade abuses with other countries. White House pool reporters were asking Trump about his former national security advisor Michael Flynn who has offered to testify about Russian involvement in the U.S. election. Trump reportedly ignored the questioning and moved to another room without signing the executive orders. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/donald-trump-executive-order-signing-walk-out/index.html.
Laptop Bombs Evade Airport Security
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that terrorist groups and ISIS have created new ways to plant explosives in electronic devices, and are able to get them past commonly used airport screening. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/terrorist-laptop-bombs-may-evade-security/index.html.
Navy Vet Pardoned in 20 Year Rape Case
A U.S. Navy vet was pardoned for a rape he didn’t commit after having served 12 years in prison and being a registered sex offender. The U.S. Navy vet is part of the “Norfolk Four” who were originally charged for the rape and murder of 18 year old Michelle Moore-Bosko in 1997. http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/01/politics/norfolk-four-navy-veteran-pardon/index.html.
Bernie Sanders Criticizes Clinton Campaign Democrats at Boston Rally
Sanders stated that, “It wasn’t that Donald Trump won the election, it was the democratic party that lost the election.” It was less of a remark on the campaign than on the way that the democratic party needs to become more progressive and less about getting money from the wealthy and spending more time going to the people. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-boston-rally/index.html.
White House Financial Disclosures: Kushner and Ivanka Trump Could Exceed $700 Million in Net Worth
Ivanka Trump and her husband senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner’s assets together could exceed $700 million in net worth. Together they collected $195 million in income since working at the White House.
Science and Environment
Food Trade Drains Global Water Sources at Alarming Rates
The global market for food stuffs is depleting unsustainable water resources faster than they can be refilled, and that in turn could threaten food supplies.
Seven Things to Know about Climate Change
National Geographic has compiled a list of the seven things you need to know about climate change. You can also read more about climate change and other things that affect it at their website.
Scientists have Discovered a Fish with a Heroin-like Bite
The researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine were curious to know why the Fang Blenny, a tiny reef dwelling fish, gives a pain free bite.
A Running List of How Trump is Changing the Environment
National Geographic has kept a running list of how changes to environmental policy will affect the environment. The polices affect everything from pesticides to pipelines. Find the full list at their website.
What Life was Like for a Medieval Leper
In excavating the site at St. Mary Magdalen hospital cemetery and chapel in Westminster England they were able to genotype a type and form of leprosy. http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/26/health/leprosy-medieval-pilgrim-skeleton-study/index.html.
Islam is the World’s Fastest Growing Religion
According to BBC News, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is excepted to be bigger than Christianity by 2070 if the trend continues.
Life of the Buddha: A Spiritual Journey
BBC was able to compile dates of the Buddha’s life and spiritual journey. There is a full timeline on their website including controversial dates.
A Folk Saint that has Taken off in Mexico among Transgender Women
In Mexico, Transgender women have claimed Saint Muerte as their saint due to the violence against transgender women in Mexico.
Prison Fellowship Spearheads “Second Chance Month” to help Ex-Convicts
A national prison ministry is calling on both conservative and liberal churches to give ex-convicts a second chance at life.
Some Protestant Pastors Preach on Race, but Most Leave it to Others
Few pastors feel like their congregations are urging them to preach about race. A LifeWay research survey says that most pastors do not preach on economic inequities in their communities or racial injustice. http://religionnews.com/2017/03/30/some-protestant-pastors-preach-on-race-but-most-leave-it-to-others/
Venezuelan Supreme Court Backtracks on Powers Bid
The Venezuelan Supreme Court has reversed its ruling to strip congress of its legislative powers. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39468045.
DR Congo Peacekeeping: UN Votes to Scale Down Mission
The UN Security Council has voted to cut the size of Monusco, its largest and most expensive peacekeeping mission, which operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39456884.
China Bans Long Beards and Veils in Xinjiang
China has introduced new restrictions in the far western region of Xinjiang in what it describes as a campaign against Islamist extremism.
Israel Approves First New West Bank Settlement in Years
Israel has approved the establishment of its first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades.
Two Women Killed as Flood Hits Australia
Two women were killed in flood that was caused by Cyclone Debbie in Australia.
How Disney is Changing What It Means to be a Princess
Disney is releasing a new breed of more empowered Disney Princesses. http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/03/31/princesses-with-a-punch.cnnmoney
Mama June Finally Debuts her New Size Four Figure
Mama June, from Here Comes Honeybooboo, has a new show about her drastic weight loss journey. Everyone has been waiting to see her new size four figure. http://www.eonline.com/news/840539/omg-mama-june-finally-debuts-her-new-size-4-figure
Thirteen Reasons Why Premieres on Netflix
Thirteen Reasons Why is based on the teen book about high school hell.
Candace Cameron Bure Responds to being called Homophobic
Bure wore a shirt that said “Not Today Satan” and Bianca Del Rio from Ru Paul’s Drag Race called her a “homophobic republican.” http://www.etonline.com/news/214224_candace_cameron_bure_responds_to_being_called_homophobic/
Alex Rodriguez Talks Dating Jennifer Lopez
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are officially dating. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/entertainment/jennifer-lopez-and-alex-rodriguez/index.html