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May 2018 Current Events: US News

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for May 2018:

  1. E. Coli Leaves One Dead
  2. Ancient Artifacts Returned to Iraq
  3. US Military Plane Crashes
  4. Sniper Shoots on Georgia Highway
  5. Arizona Governor Signs Bill Amid Strikes
  6. North Carolina Teachers to Walk Out
  7. Coffee to be Served with Cancer Warning
  8. Shooting at California High School
  9. Package Explodes Outside Texas Church
  10. Delaware Fully Bans Child Marriage
  11. Less Protections for Transgender Inmates
  12. Explosion at California Medical Facility
  13. North Carolina Teachers Walkout
  14. New Jersey Bus Crash
  15. Texas High School Shooting
  16. Kneeling Can Lead to Fines in NFL
  17. Shooter at Oklahoma Restaurant Stopped
  18. Shooting at Indiana Middle School
  19. Venezuela Releases US Missionary
  20. Harvey Weinstein Indicted

E. Coli Leaves One Dead

Romaine Lettuce

On May 2, the CDC announced that the first person had died from the E. Coli outbreak from romaine lettuce. Another 23 people have fallen ill since the last update. (Reuters)

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Ancient Artifacts Returned to Iraq

Ancient Artifacts

On May 2, the US returned thousands of ancient artifacts to Iraq after it was revealed that they were illegally smuggled to Hobby Lobby retailers. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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US Military Plane Crashes

Military Plane Crash

On May 3, nine people died after a Puerto Rico Air National Guard cargo plane crashed in Georgia. This was the plane’s retirement flight, as it was 50 years old. (Reuters)

Photo Source: James Lavine via AP

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Sniper Shoots on Georgia Highway

On May 4, a sniper targeted cars on a Georgia highway, injuring three people before killing himself. The suspect, Rex Whitmire Harbour, left behind a note praising Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland high school shooter. (CNN)

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Arizona Governor Signs Bill Amid Strikes

Arizona Legislature

On May 4, Arizona’s governor signed a bill increasing teacher wages. The bill increases wages by 20% over the next three years. Despite this bill, many classes are still cancelled as the strike continues. (Reuters)

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North Carolina Teachers to Walk Out

North Carolina Capital

On May 8, it was announced that North Carolina teachers plan to walk out when the legislature is back in session on May 16. Teachers are asking for better wages and more pro-education leaders. (CNN)

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Coffee to be Served with Cancer Warning

Coffee

On May 8, it was announced that a new California law requires all coffee to be served with a cancer warning. Acrylamide, a possible cancer-carrying byproduct, can be found in coffee after \the roasting process. (Reuters)

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Shooting at California High School

On May 11, a 14-year-old boy went to his old high school and opened fire before classes began. One student was injured, and the suspect was later detained. Police are still investigating his motive. (CNN)

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Package Explodes Outside Texas Church

On May 11, a package exploded outside a Beaumont, Texas church, just a few weeks after a bomb was found in the same city. The explosion caused minor damage to the building, but no one was injured. (CNN)

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Delaware Fully Bans Child Marriage

Delaware Capital

On May 12, Delaware became the first US state to fully ban child marriage. The new law states that no person under the age of 18, even with parental consent, can get married. (CNN)

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Less Protections for Transgender Inmates

Prison Cells

On May 12, it was announced that the transgender inmate protections made under the Obama Administration have been rolled back by the Trump Administration. The decision came after four women in a Texas detention centered argued that they were at a greater risk for sexual assault if transgender women were allowed to share cells with them. (Reuters)

Photo Source: 123RF/George Tsartsianidis

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Explosion at California Medical Facility

California Explosion

On May 15, an explosion at a California medical facility killed one person and injured another three. Police later revealed they believe the explosion was intentional and was caused by a device located inside the building. (CNN)

Photo Source: Raul Hernandez via AP

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North Carolina Teachers Walkout

North Carolina Walkout

On May 16, North Carolina teachers became the next group to walk out in hopes of receiving better pay and more school funding. Hundreds of schools in the state closed due to the march. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

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New Jersey Bus Crash

New Jersey Bus Crash

On May 17, a student and a teacher died and 43 more students were injured after a bus crashed with a dump truck in New Jersey. The crash is under investigation. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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Texas High School Shooting

Texas School Shooting

On May 18, ten people were pronounced dead and another ten wounded after a student opened fire at a Santa Fe school. The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student, used a shotgun and revolver he stole from his father. Investigations are ongoing. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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Kneeling Can Lead to Fines in NFL

NFL

On May 23, the NFL announced that teams will be fined if players kneel during the national anthem. Players who refuse to stand are expected to stay in the locker room during the anthem. (BBC)

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Shooter at Oklahoma Restaurant Stopped

On May 24, a man opened fire at a Oklahoma City restaurant, but was quickly shot and killed by armed bystanders. The attacker has been identified as Alexander C. Tilghman. (CNN)

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Shooting at Indiana Middle School

On May 25, there was a shooting at an Indiana middle school that left three people injured. The shooter, a fellow student, was taken into custody. Jason Seaman, the teacher teaching the class where the shooting occurred, tackled the gunman and has been deemed a hero. (CNN)

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Venezuela Releases US Missionary

Venezuela Prisoner

On May 26, Venezuela unexpectedly released American missionary Josh Holt after holding him for two years on weapons charges. Holt and his wife were welcomed by the White House upon their return. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File

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Harvey Weinstein Indicted

Harvey Weinstein

On May 30, a New York grand jury indicted Harvey Weinstein on charges of rape and sex offense charges. If convicted, Weinstein can face up to 25 years in prison. (BBC)

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