There’s breaking news in the story of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls: we’re hearing that a new video from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has surfaced, and it reportedly shows some of the kidnapped schoolgirls wearing headdresses and reciting the Quran. In the video, the group’s leader says the girls have converted to Islam.
While some areas of the country baked in the high 80s over the weekend, large areas of Colorado and Wyoming got pounded by a Mother's Day snowstorm. Parts of northeastern Colorado were getting wind gusts of up to 45-miles-per-hour and blowing snow. Officials in Wyoming say drifting snow forced the closure of a 150-mile stretch of Interstate 80. This is part of the same weather system that's resulted in tornado watches in several Midwestern states. No confirmed injuries have been reported as a result of the severe weather.
Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly told Barbara Walters that she’ll eventually file for divorce. She also said she believes her husband is in the onset of dementia. In a separate interview with Anderson Cooper, which airs tonight, Donald Sterling said that he feels he was “baited” to make those racist comments. He told Anderson, quote, "When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that. ... I don't know why the girl had me say those things." Sterling also said it’s taken him awhile to apologize because he’s been “emotionally distraught.”
The NFL now has its first openly gay player. The St. Louis Rams chose Michael Sam in the seventh round of the NFL Draft Saturday. When his selection was announced, an emotional Sam kissed his boyfriend, which caused some people to freak out on Twitter. Former running back Derrick Ward tweeted, “Man U got little kids lookin at the draft. I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen." Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted comments like "Omg" and "horrible." The Dolphins announced yesterday that Jones will be fined and excused from team activities “until he is ready to return.” Miami says he will complete educational training for his inappropriate comments over social media. Jones has since apologized to Michael Sam. He's also locked his Twitter account to only show tweets to "approved friends."
And snapping photos to preserve memories can actually get in the way of you remembering them. New research from Fairfield University in Connecticut had people in a museum take note of certain objects, either by photographing them or just observing them. The next day, the photo takers were less able to recognize the art pieces they’d been assigned and had less detailed memories of the works. The researchers say taking a picture gets in the way of you fully experiencing the moment.
And if you’re afraid of germs, now you can install a DIY touchless toilet flush handle. This isn’t new at malls or airports, but now you can enjoy the same germless benefits at home for just $100. Kohler says the Touchless Flush Kit creates a sensor on top of the bowl that only requires a simple “wave” to set the flush in motion and is compatible with most toilets. But how gross is your bathroom at home that you’re afraid to touch the toilet?
And some cities love coffee more than others. A new survey from Men’s Health looked at the percentage of households that own coffee makers and buy coffee, plus the average amount of money each household spends on coffee, the number of cafes in town and the percentage of residents who drink five-plus cups a day. The most coffee-obsessed towns are Portland, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont. The least-obsessed towns? Jackson, Mississippi; Fort Worth, Texas; and Memphis, Tennessee.