Stars Collide

For the first time, astronomers have witnessed two neutron stars violently smashing together. The collision forged heavy elements like gold, platinum, and uranium. Earlier this month, scientists won a Nobel Prize for detecting gravitational waves, which were used to locate this cosmic fireball about 130 million light-years away. Read the story from the Los Angeles Times.


Drug Czar

Rep. Tom Marino, President Trump’s nominee for the nation’s drug czar, has withdrawn his name from consideration after a Washington Post and “60 Minutes” investigation found Marino played a key role in weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to stop companies from distributing opioids. Read the story from The AP.

» MORE: Trump claims past presidents didn’t call parents of fallen soldiers. That’s 100% false.


Investigative Reporter Killed by Car Bomb

Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed when her car exploded in Malta on Monday. She reported on the Panama Papers investigation into corruption and exposed money-laundering, offshore accounts, and secret shell companies used by politicians and public officials to hide wealth. Read the story from NPR.


Bowe Bergdahl

The Army sergeant who was held by the Taliban for five years after walking off his base in Afghanistan has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Read the story from NPR.

» MORE: Read Bergdahl’s full statement to an Army investigator in 2014 explaining why he walked off his base in Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban.


#MeToo

Thousands of women have identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment or assault on social media using the hashtag #MeToo, after actor Alyssa Milano tweeted on Sunday, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Milano initiated the campaign to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem” after recent revelations of decades of sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Read the story from The AP.