MAJOR TALIBAN ATTACK ROCKS AFGHANISTAN "A major Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a government security office in central Kabul during rush hour on Tuesday killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 320, a week after the militant group announced a spring offensive." The attack targeted "an elite Afghan intelligence unit tasked with protecting senior government politicians." [Reuters]
NEW YORKERS HEAD TO THE POLLS Here's what you should watch for, and why the state's primary matters more this election cycle than it has in years. [WaPo]
FLOODING HITS HOUSTON "Torrential rainfall totaling 18 inches pummeled Houston on Monday, causing floods that were believed responsible for five deaths and that snarled transport and turned roads into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city." [Reuters]
ASYLUM-SEEKING CHILDREN ARE DISAPPEARING IN THE UK, AUTHORITIES FEAR HUMAN TRAFFICKING "Freedom of information responses from 140 local authorities across England and Wales show that at least 239 asylum-seeking children disappeared in 2015, an increase of 75 [percent] on the previous year." [Buzzfeed]
THINGS KEEP GETTING WORSE FOR FORMER SILICON VALLEY DARLING Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of the blood-testing company Theranos, is now the subject of a criminal probe after her revolutionary testing methods came under fire. [WSJ | Paywall]
'HOW AMERICA'S COASTAL CITIES LEFT THE HEARTLAND BEHIND' "St. Louis and other Midwestern hubs prospered for much of the 20th century. Then lawmakers in Washington quietly changed the rules of the economy." [The Atlantic]
DORIS ROBERTS DEAD AT 90 Roberts will forever be remembered for her role as Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond." Here's what the creator of the show had to say in tribute to everyone's favorite Italian mother. [Reuters]
'AFRICA'S YOUNGEST BILLIONAIRE' CREDITS HIS SUCCESS TO HIS REFUGEE STATUS "Ashish Thakkar’s Twitter biography doesn’t identify him as 'Africa’s youngest billionaire,' or 'CEO and founder of The Mara Group,' a globally renowned multi-sector investment group -- the first word is 'refugee.'" [HuffPost]
AMAZON PRIME IS THROWING DOWN A SUBSTANTIAL CHALLENGE To our old faithful, Netflix. [Vanity Fair]
MAYBE IT'S TIME TO THINK ABOUT SWITCHING JOBS "When was the last time you changed jobs? If you’re in your twenties, it probably wasn’t recently enough. Young people are losing out in the jobs market and earning less than they could be because they don’t move jobs frequently enough." [Buzzfeed]
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE ASTEROID KILLED ALL THE DINOSAURS What went on between that mass extinction and the appearance of us pesky humans. [BBC]
DO YOU HAVE PSORIASIS? It could be increasing your risk of an aneurysm. [HuffPost]
TARGET RAISES ITS MINIMUM WAGE "Discount retailer Target Corp has started raising employee wages to a minimum of $10 an hour, its second hike in a year, pressured by a competitive job market and labor groups calling for higher wages at retail chains, sources said." [Reuters]
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