All 17 Schools In The District Were Closed
Following a "detailed threat to harm students and staff," all public schools in Nashua, New Hampshire were closed on Monday. The threat itself was specifically made on the city's two high schools via email. "It's definitely a tight rope," Nashua police Lt. Kerry Baxter said. "It's a tough decision to make. These seem to going on throughout the country. They seem to be happening more frequently, and they are disruptive on many different levels." Just last week, Los Angeles public schools shut down for the day -- forcing some 650,000 to stay home -- following a threat. New York City received a similar threat on the same day, but elected not to shut down.
FIFA Officially Bans Sepp Blatter
After 17 years as president of FIFA and four decades involved with soccer's worldwide governing body, disgraced leader Sepp Blatter was banned from the sport for eight years on Monday. "I regret, but I am not ashamed," he said. "I am sorry that I am a punching ball. I am sorry for football... I am now suspended eight years, suspended eight years. Suspended eight years for what?" Here's what: An ethics violation, as determined by a committee in Switzerland, particularly for a 2011 payment of $2 million payment Blatter approved for Michel Platini, who is the president of UEFA and was a potential successor to Blatter as FIFA president until he also received an eight-year ban on Monday. And while this was the particular act for which the two are being punished, FIFA and its top brass have been embroiled in controversy and accusations of corruption for years, with a particular spotlight and public awakening in 2015.
The Force Was With Everyone
Or, almost everyone. That's clear not just from the cultural conversation around “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened on Friday, but also from the numbers: The movie earned about $517 million in worldwide ticket sales. If that sounds like a lot -- it should. With $238 million in the U.S. alone (which was a record), the new J.J. Abrams flick fell just short of a worldwide record, which was set by "Jurassic World" earlier this year. Notably, though, the film has not yet been released in China -- meaning it almost surely would have broken the record if it had been.
Daily Video: Late Sunday night, Miss Universe host Steve Harvey crowned the wrong champion -- announcing that Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, was the winner. Moments later, though, he announced his mistake, and said Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was the actual winner. Awkward.