Here’s your update on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: Pro-Russian separatists finally handed over the black boxes from the plane and agreed to release the victims’ bodies. A train carrying those bodies is currently heading across Ukraine and onward to undisclosed locations today. Because Russia has been less than helpful in the past in dealing with Ukraine, and now because of this, the UK wants the European Union to increase sanctions against Russia, like blocking Russia from buying gas and oil from Europe. By the way, 16 people are still missing from the flight.
A friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty of impeding the investigation into the bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov allegedly removed Tsarnaev’s backpack from his dorm and threw it away a few days after the bombing. The backpack contained altered fireworks. He claims it was another friend who did it. Tazhayakov faces a 20-year prison sentence for obstruction of justice and a five-year sentence for conspiracy. His sentencing is on October 16th.
Johns Hopkins University has agreed to pay out $190 million in cash to patients of gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy, who was discovered in 2013 secretly taping his patients. Some of those patients were minors. More than 1,300 videos and images were found during searches of Levy’s home and office. (He eventually took his life in February of 2013.) Since the victims could not be identified on the tapes, all of Levy’s former patients could have a claim to the settlement, which attorneys estimate could be more than 8,000 women.
Netflix is making money hand over fist. They released their second-quarter earnings and those earnings more than doubled. They also added more subscribers than they expected. The next plan of attack? Expanding in Europe.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced he will deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard Troops along the border to stop children from coming into the US illegally. He said, "I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor." An official said that the Guard will be there simply “referring and deterring” immigrants, not detaining anybody, although taking people into custody hasn’t been ruled out. This move will likely cost Texas about $12 million a month.
And if you live in the UK and you illegally download music and movies, watch out: you may get up to four warning letters a year. And then nothing else. Starting in 2015, households suspected of online piracy will get up to four warning letters. The government also plans to spend 3 million pounds on an educational campaign.
And how would you like a three-day work week? According to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, three day work weeks would give us more time to relax and get a higher quality of life. The catch is that those three days at work would last about 11 hours, and wouldn’t be able to retire until age 70 or 75.
And orange jumpsuits are no longer allowed in a Michigan jail because they’ve become too trendy. According to sheriff William Federspiel, people are starting to copy the look in real life thanks to “Orange is the New Black.” They’re wearing all-orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public, and it's a concern because sometimes actual inmates are out doing work in the public, and that would get confusing. So the jail is making the move back to black-and-white striped jumpsuits.