World Tipped Off After 5.1 Tremor On Richter Scale
North Korea set off alarms all over the world Wednesday morning (Jan. 6) when it claimed that it had tested its first-ever hydrogen bomb, which, if true, would be a major breakthrough for the secretive, isolated Communist country’s nuclear weapons program. Experts believe the rogue nation has tested four atomic nuclear weapons since 2006, but international fears were stoked by the latest because hydrogen bombs have exponentially higher lethal potential. The UN Security Council is slated to discuss the latest provocation on Wednesday and China has strongly condemned the action by its neighbor, which could lead to a new round of harsh international sanctions. Scientists will study seismic activity in the area to determine whether it was caused by the test, but in the meantime the state-run Korean Central News Agency released a bizarre statement which warned, “nothing is more foolish than dropping a hunting gun before herds of ferocious wolves.”
— CNN International (@cnni) January 6, 2016
Michigan Declares State Of Emergency Over Water
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint and Genessee counties on Tuesday due to the “ongoing health and safety issues caused by lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water.” The water in Flint became contaminated with lead in 2014 after the city’s water supply began flowing from the polluted Flint River as part of a cost-cutting measure. That resulted in a doubling of lead levels in children; lead exposure has been shown to cause brain damage in children. The state helped Flint switch back to the cleaner Lake Huron in October, but some are worried that the danger continues because of the damage the tainted water caused to the water distribution system.
— MLive (@MLive) January 5, 2016
British Parliament To Debate Donald Trump Ban
After a public petition calling for leading Republican candidate Trump to be banned from the UK garnered 569,000 signatures, the House of Commons petition committee said Tuesday that it will hold a debate on the issue on January 18; a secondary debate inspired by a rival petition with 40,000 signatures opposing the ban will be held the same day. The government said in December that it “may exclude” someone if their presence in the country is “non-conducive of the public good,” after Trump made remarks supporting a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the U.S.
— Petitions Committee (@HoCpetitions) January 5, 2016
Quick Take: The ongoing sexual abuse scandal at Rhode Island prep school St. George’s School expanded on Tuesday when lawyers said that at least 40 former students have made credible claims of sexual abuse, or rape, by 7 former staff members and four students from 1974-2004; four of the staff members are still alive and two are thought to still be working at jobs where they are in contact with young people. “The magnitude and scope of this is already approaching the largest private school sexual abuse case that we’ve seen, which was at Horace Mann, where 62 victims came forward,” said a lawyer representing some of the victims. The school, which is conducting its own investigation, has admitted that it did not report suspects to the authorities or tell their later employers about the allegations.
— WBUR (@WBUR) January 6, 2016