About 12,000 homes collapsed in China after an earthquake yesterday afternoon. The death toll rose to almost 400 people, with more than 1,800 injured. The magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck at 4:30 p.m. (U.S. Geological Survey). The White House offered condolences: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that lost their lives. The United States stands ready to assist."
An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus arrived in Atlanta for treatment (NBC News). Two other patients will arrive in Atlanta this week. Doctors say you have little to worry about; Ebola doesn't spread like the common cold, and the patients will be treated in Atlanta in a special isolation unit.
In case you missed it, House lawmakers voted this week to authorize John Boehner to sue President Obama (Wall Street Journal). This comes as a complaint that President Obama had overstepped boundaries in lawmaking. House leaders said the suit would focus on the White House's decision-making in the roll out of the Affordable Care Act. In response, in Kansas City Obama said "Everybody recognizes this is a political stunt, but it's worse than that because every vote they're taking like that means a vote they're not taking to actually help you."
Very bad business news today, the average price of a pound of bacon rose another 6 cents last month (Bureau of Labor Statistics). This brings the price of bacon to an all-time high of $6.11. This is a 41% increase from just 2 years ago when The Huffington Post was already taking notice of the change!
Residents of Toledo, OH have been banned from using the local tap water for cooking, drinking and brushing their teeth. A toxin was found in the water system and officials think it was contaminated by out of control algae due to runoff from farm fertilizer and septic systems near Lake Erie (Washington Post). Studies yesterday showed some toxins still contaminating the lake as 400,000 residents head into a third day without water.
Funny man Stephen Colbert broke character for a Rookie Magazine segment, "Ask a Grown Man." Before asking questions from viewers, Colbert claims he's honored to be considered a grown man and then delves into some authentic advice. Maria from Mexico City asks, "I would really like to know all the ways in which you can tell when a person likes you." Colbert replies "One nice definition of love is one person's happiness is more important than your own." Watch by clicking on the link below (Vulture).
Our current President Barack Obama turns 53 today!