The plan currently calls for $240 billion to fix the nation’s roads, railroads, airports and bridges, with an estimate that 40% of these structures are more than 50 years old.
- Associated Press
A year before the next presidential election, Macron is focusing on saving jobs and reviving the pandemic-battered French economy as his country inches out of its third partial lockdown. The centrist president's ability to meet the challenge will be significant for his political future and for France — which is among the world's worst-hit nations with the fourth-highest number of reported COVID-19 cases and the eighth-highest death toll at more than 106,000. While he has not officially declared his candidacy, Macron has made comments suggesting he intends to seek reelection.
Much of the rocket was destroyed as it fell, but some debris landed west of the Maldives, China says.
- Business Insider
Dogecoin plummets during Elon Musk's 'Saturday Night Live' hosting gig as Robinhood experiences issues
Robinhood said crypto trading was "back up and running" about 30 minutes after reporting difficulties.
Narendra Modi's carefully crafted image has taken a hit as India reels from a punishing Covid wave.
- USA TODAY
The U.S. Space Command said it could confirm that the rocket reentered over the Arabian Peninsula at about 10:15 p.m. EDT.
The 49-year-old Tesla and SpaceX CEO hosted the May 8 episode of the popular NBC comedy sketch series.
- Business Insider
Elon Musk calls the meme-crypto Dogecoin the 'future of currency,' predicts it will 'take over the world' on 'SNL'
Musk also referenced the popular catchphrase "To the moon," popularized by the Reddit group Wall Street Bets.
Bo, the Obama family's 12-year-old Portuguese water dog, died of cancer on Saturday afternoon, the former first couple announced.The big picture: Bo was 6 months old when he arrived at the White House in 2009, having been gifted by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to then-first daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.He soon became a celebrity and featured in the children’s book "Bo, America's Commander in Leash," written by Naren Aryal and illustrated by Danny Moore.What they're saying: Former President Obama tweeted that "For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives — happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between."Former first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement that Bo "was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit."No one was "happier than Bo" during the pandemic, when "all his people were under one roof again — just like the day we got him," she added.He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/CHweCxwJ7a— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2021 Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
'SNL' star Michael Che says he knew of Elon Musk but doesn't know majority of show's white celebrity hosts
The "SNL" cast member told Wendy Williams that when he found out Elon Musk was hosting, he thought: "Oh, I know who he is at least."
Dave Bautista told IGN that James Gunn once suggested a spin-off movie starring Drax the Destroyer and Pom Klementieff's Mantis.
- The Telegraph
Scottish Labour records worst result since devolution but Sarwar optimistic party has 'credibility again'
Scottish Labour has recorded its worst-ever election result north of the Border since devolution, with the party down two MSPs to 22 compared with 2016. The party continued its downward trend finishing third behind the Tories and SNP, despite new leader Anas Sarwar enjoying strong personal approval ratings among Scots since taking over the top job. Mr Sarwar, who has only been in the leadership role for ten weeks, insisted his party is “on a journey” to build “a credible alternative to the SNP” and “back on the pitch” after an “energetic and enthusiastic” campaign. “We are significantly ahead of where we were just ten weeks ago, and I’m incredibly proud of everything our activists have achieved,” he said, adding that Scottish Labour has “a credibility again” and that people “aren’t embarrassed anymore to say they’re voting Labour”. After delivering a credible nine-point increase in his party’s vote share in Glasgow Southside but ultimately losing the seat to Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Sarwar will return to Holyrood via the Glasgow regional list.
- Associated Press
Maybe it's just a coincidence that Rory McIlroy is right back in the thick of it at the Wells Fargo Championship. “It was buzzy, that atmosphere,” McIlroy said after a 3-under 68 left him two shots behind Keith Mitchell. Mitchell, who also felt drained of energy after the restart nearly a year ago, straightened out his putter and delivered big tee shots Saturday.
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A new Zulu king was named in South Africa amid scenes of chaos after members of the royal family questioned Prince Misuzulu Zulu's claim to the title following his father's death, and bodyguards suddenly whisked him away from the public announcement at a palace. The controversy over the next king, a largely ceremonial role but one with great significance for South Africa and its 12 million Zulu people, has arisen after the death in March of King Goodwill Zwelithini, who had reigned since 1968. Zwelithini apparently named one of his six wives, Queen Mantfombi Shiyiwe Dlamini Zulu, as the “regent of the Zulu kingdom” in his will, but she died after holding the title for only a month, throwing the royal succession into turmoil.
Olivia Rodrigo has full control of her masters because she paid attention to Taylor Swift's battle over her own music
The 18-year-old "Drivers License" singer made sure to retain the rights to her own songs when she signed with a major label last year.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans Saturday for a second independence referendum once the pandemic has abated following the country's parliamentary elections.The big picture: Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP) won 64 seats, one seat short of an outright majority in the 129-seat Parliament. But most seats went to pro-independence parties. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to block any second referendum push, but the SNP has published draft legislation for a secession bill. Some SNP members have suggested they could "hold an advisory vote and force" the United Kingdom to challenge the legislation in court, Bloomberg notes.What they're saying: "There is simply no democratic justification whatsoever for Boris Johnson, or indeed for anyone else, seeking to block the right of the people of Scotland to choose our own future," Sturgeon said at a news conference."It is the will of the country."Of note: Johnson's ruling Conservative Party won comprehensively in local elections held across England on Friday.The opposition Labour Party fired its chair Angela Raynor following its dismal results. One bright spot for them was the re-election of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the capital's first Muslim mayor and Labour Party member.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Seth Rogen said George Lucas once told him he couldn't board his hypothetical spaceship if the world ended
Rogen recalled the interesting encounter with Lucas in 2012 when some thought the world was going to end due to a Mayan prophecy.
Derek Chauvin was indicted in the arrest of a 14-year-old whom prosecutors say he knelt on for 17 minutes and hit with a flashlight
Court filings say Chauvin hit the boy with a flashlight, grabbed his throat, and knelt on him for 17 minutes during a 2017 arrest.
Drew Barrymore and the former couple were among several stars to attend a Kings of Leon concert in 2008.
- The Telegraph
Boris Johnson has sought to capitalise on Nicola Sturgeon's failure to win an outright majority by inviting her to a summit to save the union. The Prime Minister wrote to the Scottish First Minister, as well as Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, saying they need to show "spirit of unity and cooperation" and concentrate on repairing the economy. Ms Sturgeon immediately called for another independence referendum claiming it was "the will of the country", despite failing to win a clear majority for the SNP. In a dramatic day in British politics: Angela Rayner was sacked as chairman of the Labour Party, as leader Sir Keir Starmer began a major reshuffle of his top team after the disastrous Hartlepool by-election Sadiq Khan looked set to take London’s City Hall for a second time, as the Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey admitted defeat despite a better-than-expected performance Conservatives had another good day in the local elections in England, winning 283 council seats while Labour lost 229 seats Former Labour Cabinet minister Andy Burnham said “I’m here” if Labour needs him to take over as leader after winning a landslide victory to retain his position as Mayor of Greater Manchester Conservative Andy Street easily retained his position as mayor of the West Midlands, beating Labour's Liam Byrne by 314,669 votes to 267,262 Mr Drakeford was returned to power in Wales as the Conservatives and Labour recorded their best ever results in a Welsh election, while nationalists in the country suffered a crushing blow Analysis showed the three Unionist parties in Scotland together won more than 50 per cent of the constituency vote. The SNP won 64 seats, up one from the last election, while the Tories remained level on 31. Labour dropped two to 22 seats, the Greens increased two to eight and the Liberal Democrats fell one seat to four. Alex Salmond's Alba Party failed to win a seat. In his letter Mr Johnson – who made clear in an interview with The Telegraph that he would refuse to allow a second referendum – did not address the demands made by Ms Sturgeon for a second referendum. Instead he offered to treat Scottish patients in English hospitals and teach Scottish children in English schools as part of a UK-wide approach to supporting the Covid-19 recovery. Mr Johnson said: “While the UK’s broad shoulders have supported jobs and businesses the length of the country, we know that economic recovery will be a serious shared responsibility because the pandemic’s damage runs deep. “Covid-19 has also posed significant challenges for our public services, from hours of lost school learning, to backlogs in the NHS and courts. Overcoming them will require us to show the same spirit of unity and cooperation that marked our fight against the pandemic.” Mr Johnson said he has asked Ms Sturgeon, Mr Drakeford as well as Northern Ireland joint first ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill to the summit.
- Associated Press
A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the U.S. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others— mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers— lamenting the industrialization of space. The train of lights was actually a series of relatively low-flying satellites launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX as part of its Starlink internet service earlier this week. An email to a spokesman for SpaceX was not returned Saturday, but astronomy experts said the number of lights in quick succession and their distance from Earth made them easily identifiable as Starlink satellites for those who are used to seeing them.