It's Called Oxybenzone And It's Coral Kryptonite
Ocean scientists say were are on the brink of the globe's third massive coral bleaching event, where record ocean temperatures and the effects of El Niño could decimate coral from Florida to the Indian Ocean. But there's actually a more immediate, graver threat: sunscreen. Scientists studying the reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Hawaii found that the UV-filtering compound oxybenzone -- used in more than 3,500 sunscreens worldwide -- are extremely harmful to the fragile reefs. The chemicals can not only kill the coral, but damage adult DNA and deform the DNA in the larval stage, possibly preventing it from developing properly in the future. Scientists say the "equivalent of a drop of water in a half-dozen Olympic-sized swimming pools" can do serious harm and humans pump up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen into coral reefs worldwide every year. The U.S. National Park Service recommends using "reef friendly" sunscreen or wearing clothes and hats to protect skin from the sun.
Paul Ryan Will Run For Speaker, But Only If You Play Nice
It's become clear that nobody really wants the Speaker of the House gig. Though it's third in line to the presidency, the loaded job comes with unending headaches and likely gridlock thanks to the "just say no to everything" block of naysaying Republicans known as the House Freedom Caucus. But on Tuesday night, after saying "no" for a week, Rep. Paul Ryan finally said he'd run for the office if his party would promise to unite behind him, which immediately drew fire from, of course, the House Freedom Caucus. "How does giving Paul Ryan more power solve the problem of John Boehner having had too much power?" Kansas Rep. and Freedom Caucus member Tim Huelskamp wondered. Either way, something has to give soon, as Congress is facing a Nov. 3 deadline to raise the debt limit or risk going into default. Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has said he'll stay in the job until a replacement is found. Among Ryan's requests: let him fly home on weekends to see his family and change rules for removing the House speaker.
Martese Johnson Files $3 Million Lawsuit
Johnson, 21, the UVA student who was arrested and roughed up by state Alcoholic and Beverage Control officers in March, filed a $3 million lawsuit against the agency on Tuesday. The suit alleges unlawful detention and excessive use of force by three officers. A widely seen video of the incident shows three white officers pinning Johnson, who is black, to the sidewalk and bloodying his face after they detained him for allegedly having a fake ID; the ID later was found to be valid. "The agents' brutal and unjustified attack on Martese has left Martese permanently disfigured as there is scarring to Martese's forehead and scalp," Johnson's attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.
Quick Take 1: A day after his visit to the White House, Texas clock-making teen Ahmed Mohamed announced that he and his family are moving to Qatar to join the Qatar Foundation's Young Innovators Program after he received a full scholarship from the group. "Qatar was a cool place to visit. I loved the city of Doha because it's so modern. I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities. The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun, too," Ahmed said in the statement.
O'Malley's 'Bad Blood': While his performance in the first Democratic presidential debate didn't set the world on fire, Martin O'Malley won the hearts of the ladies on "The View" on Tuesday when the part-time Irish rock band leader strapped on an acoustic play a dad-rock version of "Bad Blood" and throw shade at Hillary-supporting Katy Perry.