Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches All Time High
Your move, Supreme Court. As the nation awaits word on how the highest court will rule on same-sex marriage, a new Gallup poll found that an all-time high percentage of Americans, 60 percent, say they believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry by law and have the same rights and privileges as traditional marriages. That’s a 5% rise from last year’s figure and a huge turn-around from 1996, when 68 percent of respondents were against same-sex marriage. Someone forgot to tell Louisiana Gov. (and potential presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal, who signed an executive order on Tuesday that protects people who cite religious beliefs in rejecting same-sex marriages after the Louisiana House killed his efforts.
Should We Be Worried About North Korea (Again)?
If it wasn’t for scaring its neighbors, North Korea would kind of have nothing to do. On Wednesday (May 20), a spokesman for the country’s National Defense Commission claimed that NK had manufactured a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on the head of a nuclear submarine, with long-range capability. If true, that is a serious threat to neighboring South Korea and Japan, not to mention the United States. And it comes just days after NK claimed it successfully test-fired a sub-launched ballistic missile, though a U.S. Navy admiral said the images look like they were faked.
On Tuesday, NK abruptly canceled a planned visit from UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon just a day before he was set to arrive, which would have been the first visit by a UN chief in more than two decades. Meanwhile, a group of female peace activists led by famed feminist Gloria Steinem landed in North Korea on Wednesday in a bid to walk across the demilitarized zone into South Korea in a plea for reunification of the Koreas in time for May 24, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.
You Might Want To Check Out That Airbag
Airbags have one purpose: to save you from serious injury during a car crash. But after a decade of denying that their safety devices were actually harmfully defective, Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata doubled the number of recalled U.S. vehicles to nearly 34 million, making for the largest auto recall in American history. That’s around one in seven U.S. cars that have airbags that might violently explode when they deploy, shooting shrapnel into the car’s passenger area. To date, six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the defect. If you're worried, click here to find out if your car is on the list.
Quick take: A ruptured pipeline off the Santa Barbara, California, coast spilled more than 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean, creating a slick four miles wide before the leak was stopped on Tuesday. The pipeline had been abandoned by its owner years ago but apparently still had some oil left in it.