Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.17.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Iraq: “A suicide bomber attacked a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing dozens in the latest in a wave of sectarian attacks claimed by the Islamic State in the Iraqi capital.”
 
* Keep a close eye on this one: “The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged support for terrorism, despite stiff opposition from the White House.”
 
* This will be an interesting investigation: “The United States Department of Justice has opened an investigation into state-sponsored doping by dozens of Russia’s top athletes, two people familiar with the case said. The inquiry escalates what has been a roiling sports controversy into a federal criminal case involving foreign officials.”
 
* The result of a 50-year fight in Mississippi: “The Cleveland School District has been ordered by a federal court to consolidate its majority black secondary schools with historical white schools, ending a five-decade legal battle to desegregate schools in the 12,000-population city in north Mississippi.”
 
* Mexico: “Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, has proposed constitutional reform to legalize same-sex marriage across the country. The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that opened the way to such unions. Gay marriage is only legal in the capital, Mexico City, and a few states.”
 
* Indictment: “A grand jury has indicted an oil pipeline company and one of its employees on criminal charges related to a massive oil spill last year in Santa Barbara County, prosecutors announced Tuesday.”
 
* GMOs: “Genetically engineered crops appear to be safe to eat and do not harm the environment, according to a comprehensive new analysis by the advisory group the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.”
 
* A special report: “A massive wave of migration is crashing through North Africa, but there is only one major gateway to Europe – and it’s through Libya.”
 
* Society should change its antiquated assumptions accordingly: “Girls outperformed boys on a national test of technology and engineering literacy that the federal government administered for the first time in 2014, according to results made public Tuesday.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 5.17.16