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Current Events Take five: all the news you need to know this week 1/19/18

Jan. 20, 2018
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Happy Friday! Here are the top five things you need to know to stay informed:

1. Parents Facing a Likely Life Sentence in Jail for Torturing their 13 Children

Parents in California are most likely going to face a life sentence after being accused of torturing and locking up their 13 children. One of their daughters, a teenage girl, ran away and took one of her siblings with her. As soon as she escaped the house she’d spent her entire life tortured in, she called the police to inform them of her other siblings being held captive. The parents' bail was set at $12 million each, and they will probably be spending the rest of their lives in a prison cell after being convicted of 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, and six counts of child abuse.   

2. You Could Be Charged to Drive in NYC From Now On

Driving in Manhattan could now cost you $11.52 under a proposal that would make New York the first city in the United States where you have to pay to drive. Truck’s would pay $25.34, and taxis could raise prices by $2-$5. If officials were to follow through on this proposal, it could leave some lower-class citizens without a way to get across town, but given New York’s vast population, most likely they wouldn’t see much of a population drop from this move. 

3. Likely Government Shutdown Looms

There is a likely chance the government will shut down at 12:01am on Saturday. I know what you’re thinking: Was the government even working in the first place? Well, as a matter of fact, it was (sort of), and if lawmakers fail to come up with an agreement on the spending bill, the government will shut down. On Thursday evening, the House passed a short-term extension that would fund the government until mid-February, but Senate Democrats are seeking to block this deal on the grounds that Trump must offer concessions in order to stop the shutdown. (There is currently a bipartisan deal that has enough support to pass both the House and the Senate, but Congressional leadership has not agreed to hear the legislation.)

4. Trump’s Medical Exams Leave Many Surprised and Confused

Trump’s doctor says that the president's physical and cognitive test left him with the impression that Trump is a “stable genius”: the only advice the physician gave Trump was that he should lose weight and exercise more. Upon closer inspection, however, it appears that the Mayo Clinic said Trump has a common form of heart disease and needs to make necessary lifestyle changes in order to avoid a possible heart attack. 

5. New York City Takes Funding Out of Fossil Fuel Businesses

New York City made a big statement about climate changing by pulling out around $5 billion from city pension funds in companies with ties to fossil fuels. “This city is standing up and saying, ‘We’re going to take our own actions to protect our own people,’” said Mayor Bill de Blasio as he wore a green tie and sat in front of a large green sign that said “NYC: Leading the Fight Against Climate Change.” By making this move, New York is saying that they are not going to follow in Trump’s anti-climate change footsteps. Good on the Big Apple!