More top secret info from Edward Snowden: now we’re hearing that millions of webcam images from Yahoo users were intercepted by Britain’s surveillance agency, with help from the NSA. Millions of users NOT suspected of wrongdoing allegedly had their images captured, and many of them were graphic. Yahoo is reportedly PISSED, and denies any knowledge of this.
Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that would have increased federal healthcare and education programs for veterans. They said that the cost, $24 billion, would have broken the bank. Republicans also wanted to attach legislation involving Iran, which the Democrats were against. The bill would have opened 27 new medical facilities.
One of the men instrumental in bringing the Helvetica font to popularity has died. Mike Parker was the director of typographic development at Merganthaler Linotype Company and added Helvetica to the company’s library. By the way, Helvetica is used in the logos of BMW, Target, American Apparel, and Mattel, as well as the New York subway. It was designed in 1957.
Ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych is supposedly going to talk to reporters today in Russia. He’s been on the run since he was ousted over the weekend by protesters. President Yanukovych insists he’s still the leader of Ukraine.
President Obama has unveiled a new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper.” Its goal is to help young men of color succeed and overcome the stereotypes and circumstances stacked against them. Obama also spoke off-script, getting emotional about his own childhood and lack of a father in the house.
American Airlines will no longer offer bereavement fares. In the past, airlines lowered fares for passengers who were flying due to sickness or death in the family. It was a way to ease that burden a little bit. But now that American has merged with US Airways, and US didn’t offer bereavement fares, American is dropping them, too. (Delta and United airlines are keeping their bereavement fares.)
Did you know that today’s a holiday? It’s Public Sleeping Day. No one really knows how the holiday came about, but the idea is to find a nice comfy place outdoors and take a nap. In most parts of the US, the weather isn’t super great to sleep outside, but suck it up, put on your thermals and recline on that park bench.
Researchers have gone through dating websites and found something very interesting: men like women who are vegetarians, and women prefer men who are meat eaters. Also, California and New York are the two healthiest eating states to find a partner.