March 21, 2018: What to Know 

  • A suspect in a series of bombings that terrorized the Texas capital of Austin was killed early today when police said he blew himself up in his vehicle as officers closed in on him. The New York Times reports that 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt was believed to be involved in at least five bombs that have detonated this month in Austin and San Antonio, killing at least two people.

  • UPDATE: Boise Police said Wednesday morning that a missing Boise teenager had been found safe in Oregon and has been reunited with her family. BPD said the teen, identified as Lily, had been taken from the Boise area by a non-custodian parent and driven to Benton County, Oregon. That's where the girl was discovered at approximately 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police said their investigation into the incident remains ongoing and charges are pending. 
  • The first full day of spring has millions of Americans on the east coast shaking their heads. The fourth nor'easter in three weeks is pelting the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern seaboard this morning, as nearly a foot of snow and heavy winds tangle traffic, force cancellations at a dozen airports and closing some schools. NBC News reports that about 75 million people are under winter weather advisories from Indiana to Maine.

  • The BBC has a jaw-dropping report on how, without intervention, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade. A new UK Government Office for Science report indicates that 70 percent of marine litter is non-degradable plastic, exposing marine life to toxic chemicals that end up in the food on our plates.
  • Food & Wine magazine says Starbucks is rethinking its coffee cups in a plan to reduce waste. The giant coffee retailer is launching what it calls the "NextGen Cup Challenge," offering grant money to people who can develop a new, more sustainable cup. Food & Wine says the challenge isn't as easy it may sound. Currently, Starbucks' cups contain just 10 percent recycled fiber and liner that helps to keep the drunks hot, but it also prevents the cups from being recycled and reused in most U.S. cities.

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