Kenya Terror Warnings: Hundreds of Tourist Evacuated

May 16, 2014, 12:31 pm EDT

In the wake of a series of bombings carried out by suspected Islamist terrorists in recent weeks, the U.S., France, Australia and the United Kingdom have warned their citizens against traveling to Kenya. Source: Wikipedia

The travel warnings have reportedly prompted about 400 tourists to leave hotels in the African country. Kenyan government officials called the travel warnings “unfriendly acts” and said they could actually aid the terrorists by causing a panic. A spokesperson for Kenya’s Internal Ministry called terrorist threats in the country a “perpetual” menace. However, the government said it has not received any threats against a specific hotel or location, Reuters notes.

Terror attacks have damaged Kenya’s tourist industry, which employs about 150,000 workers.  On Friday, as many as 13 people died in two bomb blasts in Kenya’s capital. The blasts injured about 70 others, SkyNews said. Read 

Minnesota Becomes First State to Require Smartphone Kill Switch

May 15, 2014, 1:16 pm EDT

On Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that makes the Land of 10,000 Lakes the first U.S. state to require smartphones to include a way to thwart thieves. Source: Flickr

Under the new law, any smartphone sold in Minnesota after July 1, 2015 will have to feature so-called kill switch technology that allows the handset to be disabled remotely. The kill switch requirement can be satisfied by software apps that have the same effect, the Star Tribune notes.

Smartphone thefts have become a serious problem in some U.S. cities, prompting law enforcement officials to push manufacturers to find a way to make the handsets less attractive to thieves. Read 

Clay Aiken Opponent Keith Crisco Dead After Accident

May 13, 2014, 11:36 am EDT

Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken’s opponent for the Democratic nomination for congress, died on Monday.

Keith Crisco, 71, had an accidental fall in his home located in Asheboro, N.C. Clay Aiken was outrunning Crisco by 369 votes. According to Brad Crone, Crisco was planning to concede to Aiken, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Clay Aiken has suspended his political campaign in light of Keith Crisco’s death. He said he will take this time to pray for the man’s friends and family, the Detroit Free Press notes. Read 

Boko Haram News: Video Allegedly Shows Kidnapped Schoolgirls

May 12, 2014, 2:08 pm EDT

The latest Boko Haram news involves a video showing a large group of kidnapped schoolgirls. Source: Wikipedia

The anti-Western militant organization released the video to media outlets and social media outlets such as YouTube. The video shows about 100 girls covered in gray and black veils reciting in Arabic.

The alleged kidnapping could be related to the 276 schoolgirls who have been missing since April 14. It is believed that Boko Haram is responsible for storming through a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria last month and abducted the girls. Read 

Washington Monument Facts: 7 Things to Know About the DC Landmark

May 12, 2014, 10:22 am EDT

Standing tall over the nation’s capital is the Washington Monument, a marble and granite obelisk, meant to commemorate the nation’s first president. Source: Wikipedia

The Washington Monument is reopening this week after almost three years of repairs. The iconic obelisk was damage by an August 2011 earthquake and has been closed to tourists since.

Here are 7 Washington Monument facts: Read 

Washington Monument Reopens Almost 3 Years After Earthquake Damage

May 12, 2014, 10:03 am EDT

On Monday, tourists will once again get a chance to climb the tallest building in Washington D.C. as the Washington Monument reopens.

The iconic obelisk, which had been encased in scaffolding for more than two years, has been closed since an earthquake damaged the structure in August 2011. The Washington Monument reopens with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tours of the famed landmark begin at 1 p.m., the Washington Post notes. Read 

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