Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.19.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The investigation in Waco continues: “Among the many unanswered questions surrounding the deadly shootout between cops and Texas biker gangs is who fired the fatal shots.”
 
* Afghanistan: “A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car outside a key government building in central Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least five people, wounding scores of others and spreading even more fear in the already rattled Afghan capital.”
 
* $15: “The Los Angeles City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to address stagnating pay for workers on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder.”
 
* Nigeria: “Hundreds of women and girls captured by Boko Haram have been raped, many repeatedly, in what officials and relief workers describe as a deliberate strategy to dominate rural residents and possibly even create a new generation of Islamist militants in Nigeria.”
 
* Bees matter: “President Obama is intervening on the bee’s behalf as its habitat dwindles. On Tuesday, the Obama administration will announce the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, a bureaucratic title for a plan to save the bee, other small winged animals and their breeding grounds.”
 
* Espionage: “The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Chinese professor and the indictment of five other Chinese citizens in what it contended was a decade-long scheme to steal microelectronics designs from Silicon Valley companies.”
 
* Stunning allegations: “Let the donor beware: A federal lawsuit alleges four cancer charities have scammed consumers out of more than $187 million.”
 
* Idaho gets its act together: “An Idaho child support bill that was initially rejected over concerns that it could force the state to follow Islamic law, and which endangered American participation in an international treaty, passed on Monday after the governor called legislators back for a special session.”
 
* Tennessee: “Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law creating a mandatory waiting period before getting an abortion in Tennessee. Under the new law signed Monday, women would need to wait at least 48 hours before undergoing the procedure.”
 
* A consensus emerges: “Sixty percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on its constitutionality next month. This is up from 55% last year and is the highest Gallup has found on the question since it was first asked in 1996.”
 
* Really? “One-third of American eighth-graders think democratic countries Canada, Australia and France are some sort of dictatorship, according to recent results from the U.S. National Assessment of Education Progress’ 2014 exam.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 5.19.15