June 14, 2018: What to Know 

  • NBC News has a depressing report from South Texas, where an abandoned K-Mart has been turned into the nation's largest licensed child care facility in the nation. The facility, which NBC says feels more like a massive incarceration center, is housing nearly 1,500 children separated from their parents under Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new zero-tolerance policy for undocumented families.
  • The largest sports tournament on the planet gets underway today when Russia hosts Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. team isn't even eligible to play in this year's tournament because it was ousted in a preliminary match, but American soccer fans have something to look forward to. ESPN reports that global soccer officials have picked the U.S., Canada and Mexico to be co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup. The U.S. will host 60 of the total 80 first-round matches, all of the semifinals and the final championship match.

  • Boise State University has inked a new six-year contract that makes Nike the athletic apparel of choice at the university. In turn, Nike will pay Boise State more than $13 million. NBC Sports says the deal nearly doubles the previous deal with Nike. The new contract runs through 2025.

  • New research published in the journal Nature reveals that Antarctica is melting nearly three times as fast as only a decade ago. Scientists say Antarctica has lost more than three trillion tons of ice in the past 25 years.

  • The stage is set for next week's World of Coffee event in the Netherlands. The highlight of the caffeinated confab is the World Barista Championship, where the globe's best baristas compete to see who can make the best espresso. MyRecipes.com says master baristas will compete in three events: single espresso, espresso made with cow's milk and signature beverages. Contestants will also be judged on style and how they prepare their espresso stations.
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