May 18, 2018: What to Know 

  • The New York Times reports that the Trump administration is calling for federal funding to be stripped from clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to places that do. Abortion rights advocates say such a policy threatens women's reproductive health and would lead to higher mortality rates and more unintended pregnancies.
  • A suspect is in custody and at least ten are dead following a school shooting early today, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, near Galveston. The New York Times adds that there were multiple injuries, including at least one police officer. The gunman was reportedly uninjured.

  • A Hazmat team was called to an Emmett residence Thursday night when a couple said they got very ill after discovering a powdery substance below their bathroom sink. KTVB-TV reports that the Gem County Fire Department was summoned to a home on the 800 block of South Boise Avenue, and while the couple was transported to a local hospital, hazmat, EMS and fire officials tried to determine what had caused the couple to experience burning sensations in their eyes, noses and throats. The incident remains under investigation.

  • A new study by the United Way ALICE Project indicates that nearly 51 million American families don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone. That's 43 percent of the households in the United States. The figure includes more than 16 million households living in poverty, in addition to the 34.7 million families that the United Way has dubbed ALICE—Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed, also known as the working poor.

  • NPR has a fascinating report on a longtime blood donor in Australia whose bloodstream contains a rare antibody that has reportedly saved the lives of more than two million babies. 81-year-old James Harrison is known as "the man with the golden arm." Despite his distaste for needles, Harrison has donated blood all across Australia, and this morning, he made his final blood donation in Sydney. Medical officials decided it was time for Harrison to protect his own health.

  • Big news from Kensington Palace this morning in advance of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince Charles will walk Markle down the aisle tomorrow in what promises to be the most ogled nuptials of the year. People magazine says it was Markle's wish that her future father-in-law do the honors after it was learned that her own father would not be attending the royal wedding. The official line from the palace is that Markle's father could not attend "due to medical reasons."
  • The master whiskey distillers at Scotland's Royal Salute have created a Royal Wedding Edition in honor of tomorrow's big ceremony and have already gifted a bottle to the couple. According to Elite Traveler, Royal Salute created only 70 bottles of the limited edition. They're available to the public, with a price tag of $10,000 each.
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