▪ North Korea’s nuclear tests may have become so big that they’ve undermined the geological structure of Mount Mantap, the 7,200-foot-high peak under which the rogue state detonates its devices. Analysts say further tests could cause the mountain to implode and release plumes of radiation.
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▪ At least 162 Democratic candidates for U.S. House of Representatives seats in Republican-held districts have raised more than $100,000 so far this year for the 2018 elections. That’s about four times as many candidates as House Democrats had at this point before the 2016 or 2014 midterms; some first-time Democratic candidates are even out-raising GOP incumbents. “That’s something that should get every Republican’s attention in Washington,” said Republican strategist Jason Roe.
▪ The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nucleararmed B-52 bombers back on 24-hour ready alert for the first time since the Cold War ended in 1991. The planes are held at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, and beds are being installed for more than 100 crew members who can respond at a moment’s notice. Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, says the change is not a response to a specific threat, but “more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in.”
▪ Pollution in all its forms killed 9 million people globally in 2015 and led to $4.6 trillion in damage, according to researchers at the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health.