May 31, 2018: What to Know 

  • The New York Times reports that the Trump White House announced today it will impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. U.S. officials are expecting the EU to retaliate "in due course," according to CNBC. Metal producers in those countries had been granted a temporary exemption from the proposed tariffs earlier this year, but those are due to expire Friday, June 1.
  • Officials in the West Ada School District said two students and a teacher fell ill Wednesday at Rocky Mountain High School. KTVB-TV reports that a hazmat team searched the classroom where the students and teachers had been and found high levels of Freon, the toxic chemical used in cooling systems. School officials said the classroom won't be used for the rest of the school year which wraps up Friday, June 1.
  • The manufacturer of the sleep aid Ambien is letting everyone know that Roseanne Barr's latest Twitter tirade can't be blamed on the drug. Barr tweeted out a racist comment earlier this week, triggering ABC's decision to cancel her popular sitcom. After being fired, Barr wrote, "It was two in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting." But the Associated Press reports that Sanofi, the drug's manufacturer, also took to Twitter to write, "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."

  • The Washington Capitals evened up the Stanley Cup finals at one game apiece last night, beating the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2.
  • reports that "the mother of all lizards" has been discovered in the Italian Alps. Scientists said Wednesday that that had found a fossilized skeleton of a Megachirella, believed to have lived about 240,000,000 years ago.
  • Meanwhile, a massive and very suspicious shipment from Amazon has been rolling around Los Angeles on the back of a flatbed truck. says that the huge box has a shipping label addressed to Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, the fictional characters portrayed by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will open Friday, June 22. One more mysterious note: the T-rex-sized box has some pretty big air holes drilled in the side.

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