The Monday Catchup
Good morning folks! Here’s what you missed while you were sending-off, extending-off and neverending-off:
The lead story: A massive earthquake struck Nepal over the weekend. The quake, which struck on Saturday and measured a 7.9 on thr Richter Scale, was centered in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, but was felt in many small villages in the countryside as well. The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. So far over 2,700 people are reported dead and rescue workers have been working nonstop, though they must work in fear of the aftershocks that have continued after the main quake struck.
Coming up: Chipotle and GMOs, gas prices, Yemen, Israel and Newt Gingrich.
On Saturday night political officials and members of the press gathered in Washington for the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner. Obama told jokes about Hillary Clinton, his age, and Speaker Boehner’s relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Chipotle Mexican Grill will officially stop using all GMOs in its food products starting today. The move has sparked questions over whether other fast food chains might follow suit.
Former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has begun speaking against the Clinton family and their foundation for accepting donations for the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.
New research suggests that increased exposure to air pollution can have negative effects on the brain in the long term.
Higher crude oil prices have caused the national average gas price to jump $0.13 per gallon. Despite this jump, gas is still over a dollar below the average price this time last year.
Israel launched an airstrike over the weekend at Syrian militants who appeared to be attempting to deploy an explosive device against Israeli troops. The incident occurred in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.
According to a United Nations envoy, the two main politcal factions in Yemen, the supporters of President Hadi and the Houthi who are anti-Hadi, were nearing a breakthrough in their negotiations when Saudi Arabia, who fears Houthi control, interfered by launching airstrikes against the Houthi.
The Apple Watch began distribution last Friday; check out coverage of one user’s first weekend with the new device here.
Continuing coverage: Boko Haram in Nigeria has moved to further identify with the Islamic State in the Middle East, renaming itself “Islamic State’s West Africa Province.”
The weather: Expect partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 60s.