Kilauea Could Trap Thousands. More on Jerusalem. Net Neutrality’s Upcoming Vote, and more!


This is the transcript for the news segment on The Morning Brew for May 15, 2018. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM EST.

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Update – Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could leave thousands trapped

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HAWAII — The situation around Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is growing more serious by the hour. Another crack (officially #19 fissure) opened up in the earth Monday, sending more lava to the surface and threatening more homes.   Kilauea’s latest and ever more aggressive eruptions are both mesmerizing and concerning to Hawaii emergency officials.  Since the explosive series of eruptions began early this month, more than three dozen homes have been destroyed. Even as the lava flows harden, new fissures keep emerging, some 1,000-feet long.   The lava keeps inching towards a main highway in lower Puna, potentially trapping 2,000 residents who soon could be forced to flee, joining the 1,800 already evacuated and now in shelters.  Hawaiians like Maile Orian Collins say they accept the danger. “We live here because we love it and we know that part of life is that we live on an active volcano,” said Collins.   For now, hundreds of homes that are still standing remain inaccessible.

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Elusive peace grows more remote with U.S. Jerusalem embassy move, violence

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The move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, coupled with the killings of dozens of Palestinian protesters on Monday, makes the odds of a U.S.-brokered peace even more remote, analysts said (Duh).  Israeli troops fatally shot dozens of Palestinian demonstrators on the Gaza border on Monday as the U.S. Embassy formally moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.  Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 58 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured by live gunfire, tear gas or other means. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was acting in self-defense against the coastal enclave’s ruling Hamas group.  Rather than calling for restraint by Israel, as both France and Britain did, the United States blamed Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group.  “Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters, Hamas denied instigating the violence. 

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Say Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Was Intentionally Crashed

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The Malaysian Airlines flight that went missing four years ago with more than 200 people aboard crashed into the Indian Ocean on purpose, aviation experts say. Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has yet to be found, but the group of international experts appeared on 60 Minutes Australia Sunday night with a theory that the baffling disappearance was actually a mass murder-suicide.  Canadian air crash investigator Larry Vance said the flight’s pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, made an intentional decision.  “He was killing himself; unfortunately, he was killing everybody else on board, and he did it deliberately.”  Simon Hardy, a Boeing 777 pilot and instructor, recreated MH370’s flight plan using military radar and determined Shah flew in and out of Malaysia and Thailand’s airspace to confuse observers.   Two of the experts additionally disagreed with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s view that the aircraft went into a “death dive,” unable to be controlled by pilots.  “I think someone was controlling the aircraft until the end,” Hardy said.  Shah’s family told CBS News that “pointing a finger toward him does not make them expert investigators — they have to find the plane.”  Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers on board. It’s been described as one of the strangest mysteries in recent aviation history.

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The Latest: Trump visits wife in hospital after procedure

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President Donald Trump visited a military hospital near Washington after visiting his wife, Melania, who underwent a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The White House says the 48-year-old first lady had the procedure Monday morning and was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week.  The president said that it was a “successful procedure” and that his wife was “in good spirits.”  Two urologists who have no personal knowledge of Mrs. Trump’s condition say the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomyolipoma. 

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Senate vote to save net neutrality set for Wednesday

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Democrats in the Senate are making their last-ditch effort to save net neutrality.  A vote on a bill to turn back the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality has now been scheduled for Wednesday.  Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts who is leading the fight in the Senate.  Democrats are using the Congressional Review Act to try to halt the FCC’s December repeal of net neutrality. The law gives Congress 60 legislative days to undo a regulation from a federal agency. Simple majorities are needed in both the House and Senate, as well as the president’s signature, to roll back the FCC’s vote.  Most of the public and internet companies are for Net Neutrality.  Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers and broadband lobbyists argue the existing rules hurt investment and will stifle innovation.  All 49 Democrats in the Senate support the effort to undo the FCC’s vote. One Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, also supports the measure. One more Republican is needed to cross party lines to pass it. With Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, away from the Senate while he battles brain cancer, the math could be in the Democrats’ favor.  But even if the resolution were to pass the Senate, it will have an uphill battle in the 435-member House of Representatives, where currently only 160 Democrats have pledged support for a similar House resolution led by Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania. What’s more, it’s unlikely President Trump would sign the resolution repealing the rules.  The FCC has scheduled the rules to officially come off the books June 11.

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Robotic Bees Are a Real Thing—and the Company Funding Them Might Surprise You

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When several types of bees and bumblebees made the endangered-species list thanks to declining bee populations it’s easy to see why companies are looking towards robotics as a possible solution. After all, bees supply more than just honey. Without busy bees pollinating plants, domestic crops such as various fruit and vegetables could be hit hard.  More than 75 percent of the world’s food crops rely at least in part on pollination by insects and other animals.  Now Walmart wants to get in on the act of giving bees a helping hand while investing in advanced robotics.  Walmart filed a patent in March for autonomous robot bees that can pollinate like their real insect counterparts. Tiny cameras on the robots — also called pollination drones — not only detect and spot the locations of the crops that need pollinating, but the sensitive sensors on the drones will assure that successful pollination occurs.  Five other patents were also filed that same month by Walmart for additional farming drones, including one drone that monitors the ongoing health of various crops and another that can hunt down plant pests, hopefully erasing the need for use of harmful pesticides that endanger bees in the first place.

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Douchebag of the week to a man pretending to be a cop pickpockets blind man

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A heartless goon pretended to be a helpful cop before pickpocketing a blind man outside a Manhattan subway station on Monday. The 64-year-old legally blind rider was about to enter the 34th Street Station to ride an E train at Eighth Avenue at 4:30 p.m. when the callous crook approached. The suspect identified himself as a police officer and offered to help the visually impaired man through the turnstile – which he did, while also lifting the man’s wallet.  The robber took off on foot and police have recovered surveillance video of the troubling incident.

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Another reason not to go to CA, Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California

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The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year and officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, state health authorities said Monday.  More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2017, a 45 percent increase from five years ago, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health.  Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common among people under 30, the report said. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.  The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide — the highest number reported since 1995. Los Angeles County alone saw congenital syphilis cases jump from eight in 2013 to 47 last year.    One Dr Klausner placed much of the blame for the overall STD spike on what he called the “decimation” of public health infrastructure since the 2008 financial crisis. Funding slashed a decade ago hasn’t been restored, leading to continued closing of clinics and collapse of education programs about risks and treatment options.   The health department is spearheading a “multi-pronged” effort to educate the public about the risks and get the word out to medical providers about the latest advances in screening and treatment. Officials are also increasing efforts to follow up on cases, especially those involving pregnant women with syphilis.  Experts agreed that sex education in schools and programs in the community raising awareness and having a public discussion about the often stigmatized conditions. How about learning to say NO.

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Stories were edited by Merlin and the show is produced and by Maddy. Merlin was ill this day.

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