He "didn't need to do this" (and other news)

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Pop culture

  • Khloe Kardashian has officially broken up with Tristan Thompson after finding out that he cheated on her with family friend Jordyn Woods.
  • Lady Gaga has ended her engagement with talent agent Christian Carino.
  • Ariana Grande is the first artist since The Beatles to occupy the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with ‘7 rings,’ ‘break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored, ‘ and ‘thank u, next.’
  • Empire actor Jussie Smollett is under arrest and has turned himself in for paying two men to orchestrate an attack on him, which he had reported as a hate crime. He is charged with making a false police report.
  • Miley Cyrus spoke out about being a queer person in a heterosexual relationship with her husband Liam Hemsworth.
  • Beyonce praised Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for using their platform to open an important dialogue about race relations.


  • Designer Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel, has died at age 85.
  • 5 people are dead after an ex-employee opened fire at a manufacturing company in Aurora, Illinois. The disgruntled employee had just been terminated, and began shooting outside of the conference room he had been in with HR. Chicago police have acknowledged that the gunman was wrongfully in possession of a gun license, as he had prior felonies on his record that were missed in the background check.
  • Nine members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon frat at LSU have been arrested on hazing charges for some extremely disturbing hazing rituals they were conducting.
  • Amazon has pulled out of their decision to open a headquarters in New York City.
  • A sporting store in Colorado is going out of business after boycotting Nike over their campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.
  • A Coast Guard officer has been arrested and labeled a domestic terrorist for planning a white nationalist attack centering on democratic leaders and news reporters but intended to affect civilians. He had been stockpiling weapons and drugs, and has stated white supremacist views throughout his past.

Science says...

  • An Australian rodent has been declared the first known mammal to go extinct as a direct result of man-made climate change.
  • Scientists believe that sea squirts could be used to measure plastic pollution in the oceans.
  • Scientists are testing genetically modifying mosquitoes with the goal of spreading lethal genetic mutations to other mosquitoes.
  • An MIT study suggested that climate change is causing the ocean colors to intensify because of the changes in phytoplankton communities.
  • Samsung revealed its next device, the Galaxy Fold, which will redefine smart devices.

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