Top News Stories For Today – Feb 1, 2018
Trump falsely claims about his speech
President Trump says the ratings for his first State of the Union address this week are “the highest number in history,” but that is not true. Nielsen reports that about 45.6 million tuned in to watch Trump Tuesday night. That’s below viewership for President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union, which was about 48 million, and Trump’s own joint address to Congress last year.
It also trails the 46.8 million viewers who tuned into President Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union speech, and the 51.7 million who watched President George W. Bush’s 2002 address. Trump falsely argued last year that his inauguration was the most well-attended one ever. VOA
Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi’s home
A crude petrol bomb was tossed Thursday morning into the residential compound of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but she was not at home and damage was minor, officials said. Suu Kyi was in the capital Naypyitaw when the incident took place, government spokesman Zaw Htay said.
Suu Kyi’s main residence and the target of the petrol bomb is in Yangon. The Suu Kyi lived there under house arrest for several years during military rule while she headed her pro-democracy movement. VOA
Holocaust speech bill approved in Poland
Disregarding objections from the US and Israel, Poland’s Senate passed a controversial bill on Thursday that criminalizes some speech about the Holocaust, setting jail sentences of up to three years for people who falsely attribute Nazi crimes during World War II to Poland or Polish people.
The 57-23 vote sends the bill to President Andrzej Duda, who says he will sign it. Poland’s conservative Law and Justice Party proposed the measure, saying it will defend Poland’s good name; Israel says it is an attempt to whitewash the role some Poles played in the mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust. The Associated Press
28 Russian have Olympic doping bans lifted
On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned the Olympic doping bans of 28 Russian athletes and reduced the lifetime bans for 11 others, overruling the International Olympic Committee. The IOC said the decision “may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping” and did not necessarily mean the athletes will be allowed to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics, which begin next week.
“Not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation,” the IOC said. The Olympic Committee barred Russia from participating in the Pyeongchang Games as punishment for its massive state-run doping program, which Russia denies, though it allowed 169 Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag. The Associated Press
Coffee cancer warning
California coffee shops may soon be forced to warn customers about a possible cancer risk linked to their morning jolt of java. The state keeps a list of chemicals it considers possible causes of cancer, and one of them, acrylamide, is created when coffee beans are roasted. A lawsuit first filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2010 by the nonprofit Council for Education and Research on Toxics targets several companies that make or sell coffee, including Starbucks, 7-Eleven and BP. The suit alleges that the defendants “failed to provide clear and reasonable warning” that drinking coffee could expose people to acrylamide.
Coffee has been much studied over the years, and research has shown that it provides several health benefits, including lowering your risk of early death. However, a review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, found that drinking very hot beverages was “probably carcinogenic to humans” due to burns to the esophagus; there was no relation to the chemical acrylamide. CNN
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