Citing a responsibility to promote a more sustainable planet, Stanford University announced Tuesday it would divest from coal companies. In doing so, Stanford becomes the latest (and largest) of about a dozen colleges to nix coal investments after facing pressure from environmentalists.
The student group Fossil Free Stanford began a petition drive last year urging the change, which prompted a review from an endowment advisory panel and ultimately a vote from the Board of Trustees. In announcing the move, Stanford President John Hennessy said the school "has a responsibility as a global citizen to promote sustainability for our planet," and that emission-heavy coal did not jibe with that ideal.
Stanford does not disclose how it spends every penny of its endowment, but at almost $19 billion as of last August — the fourth-largest endowment in the nation — the potential pool of money is quite large. Jon Terbush
Same-sex adoption became legal in all 50 states Tuesday after the final holdout, Mississippi, failed to appeal a recent federal ruling that deemed its ban on same-sex adoption unconstitutional. Mississippi had until 11:59 p.m. Monday night to appeal the ruling and failed to do so, effectively letting the ban die. "Mississippi was the last state in the nation that prohibited adoption by gay couples, so in all 50 states, gay couples are allowed to adopt kids, as it should be," Roberta Kaplan, one of the case's lead lawyers, told BuzzFeed News. "As far as the state is concerned, gay couples and their kids can't be treated differently than anyone else."
The law, which had been in place since 2000, was initially challenged in 2015 by four same-sex couples who wanted to adopt together or who were already raising children together. The federal court ruled in March that the ban violated the Constitution's equal protection clause. "I've been waiting 16 years to be able to adopt my son," one of the plaintiffs told Buzzfeed News, "so I'm overjoyed." Becca Stanek
Islamic State terrorists in the seaside city of Sirte, Libya, have reportedly taken to selling chickens and eggs by the roadside in an effort to raise money — while still wearing their full military regalia. It's sort of like a kid's lemonade stand, except horrifying.
"When [ISIS] took over Sirte, they seized many properties, including farms, and some of these are very large chicken farms," a former Sirte resident said. "Relatives tell me [ISIS] people can now be seen standing in the streets in their black outfits with their faces covered, selling both the eggs and the chickens. And they are selling the chickens for a very cheap price of just one or two dinars."
The terrorist organization is also demanding rent payments on shops and luxury apartments, including those owned by their occupants, as well as street cleaning and trash collection fees. Bonnie Kristian
Sen. Ted Cruz named Carly Fiorina as his running mate last week in a final gambit to edge out Donald Trump for the GOP nomination. Unfortunately for the Cruz-Fiorina campaign, poll results released Tuesday indicate it didn't help.
Six in 10 voters said the addition of Fiorina to Cruz's ticket had "no impact" on their decision to support or oppose his candidacy, a Morning Consult survey revealed, while 22 percent said the veep pick made them less likely to vote Cruz. Only 18 percent report they are now more likely to be Cruz voters, suggesting the announcement may have slightly decreased Cruz's election success.
The same poll discovered Fiorina still has fairly low name recognition — more than a third of respondents did not know who she is — and among those who are aware of her, most hold an unfavorable opinion. Bonnie Kristian
An Argentine TV station made an incredible ad for the Copa América tournament featuring Donald Trump
The United States is hosting the Copa América soccer tournament for the first time in June, and an Argentine television station decided to have a little fun with that fact.
The station's advertisement for coverage of the event is set to one of Donald Trump's "I'm going to build a wall" speeches in which he blasts "dangerous" South Americans for coming over the border. "These are total killers," Trump rants. "These are not the nice, sweet little people that you think, okay?"
Of course, when set to dramatic music with footage of Argentina's greatest soccer stars, Trump's message takes on an entirely different meaning. Watch the brilliant ad, below. Jeva Lange
An Argentine tv station has made a must see ad promoting the Copa America soccer tournament featuring Donald Trump. https://t.co/56Xn1jAcrs
— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) May 3, 2016
For the first time in YouTube history, a movie trailer has ended up on the site's list of all-time most disliked videos. In spot number 18, below Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Rebecca Black's "Friday," now rests the trailer for the new female-fronted Ghostbusters film, due out July 15. The movie, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, has attracted nearly 650,000 dislikes and only about 221,000 likes.
The unusually high number of dislikes is leading some to say they smell a rat. BBC says it seems like a "concerted campaign to vote down the video" and ScreenCrush has dubbed the influx of dislikes an "unhealthy fixation" for a "certain subset of people on the internet." While it's hard to say what the exact reason is for the film being so disliked, there's a chance the efforts are led by the same group raging over the director's choice to cast women in roles previously played by men.
However, director Paul Feig contends it could also be because some fans just "don't want an old property touched." Or, as the film site COS surmises, it could also simply be "some bad apples and temperamental brats abusing their right to an opinion."
Watch the trailer below, and decide for yourself. Becca Stanek
Will the Hamilton hype ever end? Not today, certainly. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical has set a new record for Tony Award nominations, earning 16 nods on Tuesday including for Best Musical and Best Original Score, along with Best Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting, Direction, Choreography, and Orchestration.
The musical also dominated in the acting categories, with nods to actresses Phillipa Soo for Leading Role and Renée Elise Goldsberry for Featured Role. Actors Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. were also nominated for Leading Role, with Hamilton actors also getting three of the five nominations for Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.
Hold on to your tinfoil hats — Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz's father of possibly having a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The comment was made during Trump's phone-in to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, when the Republican frontrunner was asked about Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, who has been actively imploring evangelical voters to support his son.
"You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they're backing me more so than they're backing Cruz, and I'm winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump ranted.
Then things get weird. Trump goes on to claim that Rafael Cruz is an unidentified man in an August 1963 photograph with JFK-assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, where the pair is seen handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans.
However, the theory that the mystery man in the photograph is Rafael Cruz was first floated by the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, and has since been dismissed as "another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage" by Cruz's campaign. Experts on the JFK assassination also agree there is no evidence at all to corroborate Rafael Cruz's affiliation with Oswald in any way.
Not everyone is convinced, apparently. "Nobody talks about it...What [Rafael Castro] was doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death — before the shooting. It's horrible," Trump said.
Watch below, beginning at 5 minutes in. Jeva Lange