May 21, 2018: What to Know 

  • The threat from Mount Kilauea on Hawaii's big island is intensifying as residents now have to cope with something called "laze." It's a dangerous mix of lava and haze created when lava oozes into the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air. Meanwhile, CNN reports the lava has cut off parts of Highway 137, a major thoroughfare on the island.
  • Caldwell Police are investigating what appears to be a drowning in a canal Sunday night. Law enforcement was called to a canal near North 14th Avenue just after 8 p.m. KTVB-TV reports when police arrived, they found an adult male face down in the water. The victim hasn't yet been identified, pending notification of next of kin.

  • The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife says the cougar that killed one mountain biker and wounded another May 19 appeared to be emaciated. The Seattle Times reports that a necropsy will possibly determine why the animal was underweight. The two cyclists were riding on a trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills east of Seattle when the mountain lion attacked them. State wildlife officials later tracked, shot and killed the cougar.

  • Starbucks has instituted a new policy that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don't buy anything. ABC News reports that the policy shift comes in the wake of an incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested after a store employee complained to police that the men had been loitering.

  • It's estimated that more than 22 million sleepy-eyed American television viewers watched the May 19 nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Hollywood Reporter says all of the major U.S. networks aired the wedding live Saturday, but NBC had the largest audience—6.4 million viewers. Meanwhile, the official Royal Family website has been updated to identify Markle as the newly-anointed Duchess of Sussex. The website barely mentions her 15-year acting career, focusing instead on her charity work and activism.

  • Tina Fey hosted this past weekend's season finale of Saturday Night Live, putting a cap on the show's 43rd season on NBC. Like most other season finales, the May 19 episode included a boatload of celebrity cameos. USA Today reports that during the opening monologue, Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, Anne Hathaway, Donald Glover and Robert De Niro all showed up. When Seinfeld raised his hand to interrupt Fey's monologue, he asked, "Do you think the show has too many celebrity cameos these days? Because I'm worried the cast isn't getting a chance to grow."
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