The acting U.S. surgeon general delivered sobering information in a report on skin cancer released Tuesday. Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak warned that melanoma cases have gone up 200 percent since 1973, and one of the ways to combat that scary statistic is to stop tanning.
"We need more states and institutions on board with these policies that discourage or restrict indoor tanning by our youth," he said. "Tanned skin is damaged skin." Lushniak is calling for state and local officials to ensure that parks have enough shade, and for schools to plan outdoor activities when the sun is lower and to teach children the importance of wearing hats and sunscreen, The Associated Press reports.
Lushniak's goal is to raise awareness of skin cancer, which is seen as a public health problem. More than $8 billion is spent every year to treat skin cancer, and the Department of Health and Human Services says that five million people are treated every year.
The deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma kills 9,000 people a year, but is mostly preventable. The Melanoma Research Foundation says that by using a tanning bed before turning 30, a person's risk of getting melanoma increases by 75 percent. "We need to change the social norm with respect to tanning and shatter the myth that tanned skin is somehow a sign of health," Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health for the Department of Health and Human Services, said. Catherine Garcia
Pre-race favorite American Pharoah proved a safe choice on Saturday night at Churchill Downs in Louisville, winning the 141st Kentucky Derby in impressive, down-to-the-wire fashion. Dortmund finished second, followed by Firing Line and Carpe Diem, Sports Illustrated reports.
American Pharoah was guided by jockey Victor Espinoza, who also won the Derby last year, atop California Chrome. Next up is the Preakness Stakes on May 16, the second stop in the quest for a Triple Crown, which was last won by Affirmed in 1978. Sarah Eberspacher
A march originally billed as a protest became a "victory rally" in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon, The Associated Press reports. Thousands gathered and marched in celebration of Friday's announcement by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that 25-year-old Freddie Gray's death while in police custody was a homicide, and that six police officers involved would be charged with felonies. The six charged officers will appear in court later in May; a lawyer hired by the police union says Mosby made "an egregious rush to judgment" and that the officers did nothing wrong.
"It's going to be a long road," one marcher told AP. "Nothing is going to happen overnight."
Below, images of those gathered in Baltimore. —Sarah Eberspacher
Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died suddenly at age 47 on Friday night, his brother Robert Goldberg announced Saturday on Facebook.
"It's with incredible shock and sadness that I'm letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg…passed away suddenly last night," he wrote, as reported by Variety.
No cause of death was immediately announced. Goldberg founded LAUNCH Media Inc., in 1994, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2001. He came on board as CEO with SurveyMonkey in 2009. Goldberg met his wife Sheryl Sandberg in 1996, and the couple married in 2004. Sarah Eberspacher
Kate Middleton and Prince William emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in London on Saturday evening, after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the couple's second child and first daughter earlier that morning.
Prince William had brought his son Prince George to meet the newborn earlier on Saturday:
As for Queen Elizabeth, she attended a Saturday parade decked out in a pink suit, in honor of her new great-granddaughter. —Sarah Eberspacher
ESPN's Michelle Beadle and CNN's Rachel Nichols each announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon that Floyd Mayweather's camp had blocked their credentials for Saturday night's prizefight at MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
"No fight for me or @MichelleDBeadle. Mayweather's team told my producer the camp was blocking my credential," Nichols tweeted, adding in an additional tweet a link to the interview she conducted with Mayweather in September 2014, in which she questioned him about his history of domestic violence.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Saturday night's fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will earn the pair $400 million (with Mayweather receiving a larger cut) and betting on the fight is expected to pass $100 million.
Update: Mayweather PR representative Kelly Swanson refuted the claims, calling the report a "misunderstanding" and adding that neither Beadle nor Nichols had been banned. Read more on those updates over at Sports Illustrated. Sarah Eberspacher
North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency reported on Saturday that authorities had arrested South Korean Joo Won-moon, 21, and charged him with illegally entering the country, according to The New York Times.
Joo has reportedly resided in New Jersey and holds a permanent resident status in the United States; the news agency said he is a student at New York University. A spokesman for NYU said a student called Won Moon Joo is listed as a junior at the Stern School of Business, but that he is not enrolled in classes and "the university was unaware of his travels."
The Korean Central News Agency reported that Joo was arrested on April 22 after he crossed the North Korean border via the Yalu River, which separates an area of China from the hermit kingdom. South Korean officials did not immediately confirm or deny the report. Sarah Eberspacher
Some 500 light years away from Earth, a "puffed up" planet is orbiting around a star — HATS-6 — that has researchers at the Australian National University thoroughly intrigued.
"(The planet) must have formed further out and migrated in, but our theories can't explain how this happened," astronomer George Zhou told CNN. "The planet has a similar mass to Saturn, but its radius is similar to Jupiter, so it's quite a puffed up planet."
The discovery — outlined in a study published in The Astronomical Journal — came about after researchers noticed that HATS-6's light dimmed periodically, suggesting something was moving between the star and Earth. Now that astronomers have confirmed the existence of the planet, they still want to answer questions about how such a large planet managed to form from such a small star. Astronomers have theorized that planets form from leftover gas and dust existing in a disc around stars, but HATS-6 is so small it would have had very little leftover material. Sarah Eberspacher