10 Things To Know For Tuesday, May 13
1. WHAT NIGERIAN TERROR LEADER DEMANDS
Islamic extremist leader Abubakar Shekau says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen again until the government frees his detained fighters.
2. IN EASTERN UKRAINE, PRO-MOSCOW INSURGENTS SEEK TO JOIN RUSSIA
The move comes after a slapdash referendum in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk that Ukraine's acting president called a "sham" and Western governments said violated international law.
3. WHERE U.S. POLITICIANS, ELITE MEET
Private annual events such as the conservative World Forum give powerful people with deep pockets face-to-face exchanges with national and state leaders.
4. NASA SPOTS WORRISOME WEST ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET MELT
The results won't be seen anytime soon - scientists are talking hundreds of years - but over that time the melt that has started could eventually add 4 to 12 feet to current sea levels.
5. SNOW, DROUGHT AND HEAT: WELCOME TO SPRINGTIME IN WEST
More than 3 feet of snow hit parts of the Rockies, while some Arizona communities are rationing water due to drought and California is sweltering under high heat.
6. GAY ARKANSAS COUPLES RUSH TO MARRY
But lawyers for the state are asking its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.
7. HOW APPLE CEO DARES TO THINK DIFFERENT
Tim Cook is committing to return $130B to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks, and is making other decisions that would have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor, Steve Jobs.
8. WHY GODZILLA NEEDS A LAWYER
For decades, attorneys acting on behalf of Godzilla's owners, Tokyo-based Toho Co. Ltd., have amassed a string of victories, fighting counterfeiters and trademark encroachers.
9. NYC HOTEL INVESTIGATES JAY Z SECURITY VIDEO LEAK
The Standard Hotel says it is looking into the leaked footage that appears to show Beyonce's sister Solange attacking Jay Z.
10. AP PROBE REVEALS BRAZIL WORLD CUP CORRUPTION
An Associated Press analysis of data from Brazil's top electoral court shows skyrocketing campaign contributions by the very companies involved in the most Cup projects, including the $900M publicly funded stadium.