How much do you know about news headlines for the week of 6/12-6/18?
By: John Miller
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From terror attacks to basketball titles, the past week has been a busy one for journalists. How much do you know about the headlines from the past week?
What disaster struck a high-rise apartment building in London?
On June 14, a terrible fire consumed much of a London high-rise building. At least 30 people died in the conflagration.
What was one ominous detail to emerge from the London high-rise fire?
Residents of the building said that there were many alarms installed. But none of those alarms sounded as the blaze took hold.
NBC news anchor Megyn Kelly faced backlash after she interviewed which controversial person?
Kelly interviewed Alex Jones, a conspiracy-minded journalist. Backlash was immediate and severe.
What has Alex Jones said about the Sandy Hook massacre?
That it was faked by the same company that produced the moon landings.
That it was mostly staged.
Jones has said that a "few" real children were killed during the massacre, but that the event was mostly staged. Megyn Kelly was criticized for even entertaining Jones' ideas.
That it proves Americans need more guns.
Scientists announced a new drug that makes your skin look ______?
Scientists announced a drug that supposedly imitates the effects of the sun, creating a tanned appearance. It's not all for vanity's sake -- it may help ward off skin cancer, too.
The NBA Finals came to a conclusion. Which team won the championship?
The Golden State Warriors took the title by beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors lost just one game in the postseason, to the Cavaliers.
Which player won the MVP award during the NBA Finals?
Kevin Durant, in his first year with the Warriors, had an extraordinary Finals. He's just the third player in league history to win Finals MVP in his first year with a new team.
On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire on American politicians at which event?
Several Republican members of Congress were practicing baseball when a gunman opened fire. Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded, along with several others. The shooter was killed after exchanging fire with police.
Right inside the White House.
In California, a couple pleaded guilty to animal neglect because they had way too many what?
A California couple pleaded guilty to animal neglect. They had 170 small dogs in their filthy residence, and the health of the animals (obviously) suffered.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was harshly questioned regarding what matter?
Possible collusion with the Russians.
Sessions came out firing against his opponents, who accused him of colluding with the Russians. He angrily said that he was going to defend his honor no matter what.
Possible collusion with the Jamaicans.
His bedroom is dirty. Clean your bedroom, Jeff!
In a cluttered Arizona garage, a mysterious painting was found. The painting was probably created by whom?
The painting looks a lot like a splattered, abstract Jackson Pollock painting. If so, it could be worth millions of dollars.
Scientists announced new information about Jupiter. What did they announce?
Jupiter is made of American cheese.
Jupiter is probably the oldest planet in our solar system.
Scientists announced that Jupiter is probably the oldest planet in the solar system. The core probably formed within one million years after the sun.
Jupiter is teeming with aliens. And they have laser guns.
YouTube singing sensation Austin Jones was arrested on which charges?
Jones was arrested for coercing underage girls into making nude videos. He'll face charges of creating child pornography.
How did North Korea make news in the past week?
It released an American prisoner.
The North Koreans released a 22-year-old college student named Otto Warmbier. Warmbier had been detained since January 2016.
It extended a warm welcome to Tiger Woods.
Why was Otto Warmbier detained in North Korea in the first place?
He was accused of mocking Dennis Rodman.
He was accused of selling beef jerky.
He was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner.
The North Koreans accused Warmbier of trying to steal a political banner from a restricted area of his hotel, therefore committing a hostile act against North Korea. Most such accusations end in short jail terms (mostly for the sake of public relations), but in Otto's case, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
As the Otto Warmbier drama unfolded, which former sports star headed to North Korea?
Dennis Rodman, the quirky former NBA star, headed to North Korea. Rodman is famously chummy with the dictator of the reclusive nation.
William "Refrigerator" Perry.
Dennis Rodman made his trip to North Korea, thanks to an unusual corporate sponsor. What sort of business paid for his trip?
A desperate former supermodel.
A digital currency for marijuana sales.
A business called PotCoin.com paid for Rodman's trip. The company, clearly looking for publicity, has a service that enables financial transactions between legal marijuana vendors and consumers.
A single McDonald's franchise.
What happened at a Georgia prison?
There was a hunger strike.
Two guards were shot and killed.
In Putnam County, Georgia, two prison inmates shot and killed two prison guards and then went on the lam. Authorities were desperately searching for the offenders, who managed to avoid capture for days.
An inmate was released for good behavior.
Where did the Georgia prisoners make their escape?
They squeezed through a toilet hole.
From the prison cafeteria.
The two men somehow escaped the caged area of a prisoner transport bus and overpowered the guards. One of the escapees is a known member of a gang called the Ghostface Gangsters.
What tragedy unfolded at a Chinese kindergarten?
An explosion from a suspected terror attack in eastern China caused havoc at the school. At least eight people died and dozens more were injured.
In the midst of a sexual harrassment scandal, the CEO of Uber decided to take a leave of absence, for what reason?
Travis Kalanick said that he was taking time off to mourn his mother, who died in a boating accident. He took his leave as officials considered an investigation into the company's alleged misconduct.
The death of his hamster.
The death of his reputation.
Famous director Oliver Stone this week took public heat for his soft interview of which person?
Stone released a four-part interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The interview seemed to ask easy questions... and didn't truly question any of Putin's dubious actions as a political leader.
A 7-year-old girl from Louisiana visited Chicago police officers. Why?
The girl, Rosalyn Baldwin, is on a mission to hug police officers in all 50 states. She feels that cops too often go unappreciated in today's America.
To ask them why they have guns.
To tell them about her teddy bear.
A female American Airlines passenger was whisked off of a plane in Minneapolis. What happened to her?
She refused to give up her seat.
The woman became unresponsive in the plane's restroom. Emergency workers quickly took her off of the plane (in full view of other passengers) but it was too late... she died.
United Airlines was forced to issue another public apology, this time for what incident?
An employee shaved his head in the middle of an airport terminal.
An employee shoved an old man to the floor.
A two-year-old video emerged of a United employee shoving a 71-year-old man to the floor and then leaving him motionless. Details of a lawsuit became public this week.
An employee tried to make love to his girlfriend during a flight.
United Nations war crimes investigators said that U.S.-led strikes on ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa are causing what?
A "staggering" loss of life.
War crimes investigators seem more than a little leery of American-led air strikes, which they say are causing a "staggering" loss of life, mostly among civilians.
What happened to a young man at Yellowstone National Park?
He fell into a hot spring.
A 21-year-old man accidentally fell into one of the park's many hot springs. He suffered severe burns but survived.
He jumped into the Old Faithful Geyser.
A (very minor) firestorm erupted when it was revealed that French McDonald's restaurants are serving meals with what?
French McDonald's, of course, are much more sophisticated than the American versions. They serve foods with a knife and fork. Americans took to social media to express their dismay.
What happened to James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on members of Congress who were practicing baseball?
Hodgkinson was an outspoken opponent of the current administration. He died after being shot by security personnel.
He was charged with attempted murder.
Why did Uber board member David Bonderman resign this week?
He'd already made more than enough money.
He hacked a competitor's computer.
Bonderman is clearly tone deaf. With Uber already under withering attack due to allegations of sexual harassment, the brainless board member made a plainly sexist remark about female board members. He immediately resigned.
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