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10 things you need to know today: May 15, 2016

Julie Kliegman
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Ted Cruz snubs Donald Trump in Texas convention speech

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at Texas' Republican convention on Saturday about the need for "a president who will have your back." He didn't ever mention presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, whom he hasn't endorsed. Some convention delegates expressed uncertainty about voting for Trump. "I don't know if I'm going to support Trump or not," one delegate said. "I think it's up to Trump to court conservatives." [CNN]


NYT investigation shows Trump's private interactions with women

The New York Times interviewed dozens of women who have worked with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. On Saturday, the newspaper published an investigation revealing those women describing Trump as making unwanted advances and inappropriate and demeaning comments to them in private settings. In an interview, Trump denied many of the reported anecdotes, including telling Miss USA contestants which of them he found attractive and asking an ex-girlfriend to rate his ex-wives' attractiveness. [The New York Times]


GOP senator compares election with 9/11

Speaking at the Wisconsin Republican Party's convention on Saturday, Sen. Ron Johnson likened the 2016 presidential election to Sept. 11's Flight 93, which crashed after the passengers decided to fight the hijackers and keep the plane from hitting its target. "We're going to be encouraging our fellow citizens to take a vote," said Johnson, who has endorsed Donald Trump. "It may not be life and death, like the vote the passengers on United Flight 93 took, but boy is it consequential." [Politico, WITI-TV]


Germany to reportedly spend $106 billion on refugee crisis by 2020

The German government expects to spend roughly $106 billion — 93.6 billion euros — on costs associated with the refugee crisis by the end of 2020, according to weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, which cited a draft from the federal finance ministry for negotiations. In 2015, Germany took in more than 1 million migrants, many of whom fled war in Syria and other war-torn nations. Officials expect another 600,000 migrants to enter Germany in 2016, a decrease due to the European Union's deal with Turkey to stem migrant flow. [Reuters]


Former London mayor likens European Union's goals to Hitler's

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson told The Telegraph on Sunday that the Europeans' goals to unite the continent are not unlike Adolf Hitler's. "Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically," he said. "The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods." On June 23, British voters will weigh in as to whether the nation should leave the European Union. [The Associated Press, The Telegraph]


ISIS militants kill at least 24 in Iraq, Yemen

Islamic State militants killed at least 12 people and wounded 25 others Sunday in an attack on a natural gas plant in Iraq, officials said. A car bomb exploded at the gate in Taji, just north of Baghdad, before suicide bombers entered the plant. In Yemen, a purported ISIS suicide bomber killed 12 people and wounded 17 others outside a police base. The policemen killed were just returning to work in Mukalla after the government recaptured the port city from Yemen's al Qaeda affiliate. [BuzzFeed News, The Associated Press]


South Texas bus crash kills 8, injures 44

A charter bus headed to a casino in southern Texas crashed Saturday, killing eight people and injuring 44 others. "The driver of the bus lost control and rolled over," said Texas Department of Safety Public Trooper Conrad Hein. "Everything's real preliminary right now." The National Transportation Safety Board is set to investigate the Laredo crash. [The Associated Press, ABC News]


Coast Guard continues search for missing cruise ship passenger

The U.S. Coast Guard continued its search Sunday for Samantha Broberg, 33, who fell overboard off of a cruise ship at 2 a.m. Friday. Video footage confirmed Broberg fell off of the Carnival Liberty, headed for Mexico, near the coast of Galveston, Texas. "We are keeping our guest and her loved ones in our thoughts during this difficult time," Carnival said in a statement. [ABC News]


Sheryl Sandberg opens up about husband's death

At UC Berkeley's commencement Saturday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke publicly for the first time about her husband Dave Goldberg's sudden death in 2015. She said she entered a "deep fog of grief — what I think of as the void — an emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even to breathe." Sandberg then addressed the graduates directly, saying, "I hope that you live your life — each precious day of it — with joy and meaning." [Time]


David Ortiz puts Red Sox over Astros with 2 clutch hits

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz carried his team to an epic 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Big Papi blasted an RBI triple to left-center field in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Then, in the 11th, Ortiz won the game with a walk-off double. Ortiz joins Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron as the only players with at least 600 career doubles and 500 career home runs. [ESPN, The Associated Press]