What's causing Mount Everest's deadly season? Overcrowding, inexperience and a long line to the top
Welcome back to everyone except the people who left 10 tons of trash on a Virginia beach over the weekend.
Here's Tuesday's top news, including Ellen DeGeneres, the Supreme Court on abortion and an American dead on Mount Everest.
But first, game show envy: "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings admits there's one thing about James Holzhauer's win streak that bugs him: the nickname Holzhauer picked up in the process.
'We’re scared to have a voice'
Ellen DeGeneres revealed her story of sexual abuse in hopes that she can empower other survivors to come forward. DeGeneres' mother married "a very bad man" when the star was still a teen, DeGeneres said on David Letterman's Netflix talk show. After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, DeGeneres' stepfather would grope her breasts under the guise of checking for lumps, she said. When he tried to break into her room, she escaped through a window, she said. By coming forward, DeGeneres said she wants to inspire women who "just don’t feel like we’re worthy, or we’re scared to have a voice, and we’re scared to say no."
He saw his last sunrise from the highest peak on Earth
A second American died on Mount Everest after joining the elusive "Seven Summit Club," a membership earned after ascending the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. Colorado attorney Christopher Kulish, 62, died Monday at a camp after summiting. Don Cash, 55, of Utah, died during a descent last week after completing his lifelong dream of joining the "Seven Summits Club." The Americans are part of a growing list of climbers who have perished on or near Everest's dangerously overcrowded summit in 2019: At least 11 climbers in total have died this season.
- A pro baseball team's "offensive" Memorial Day tribute video placed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez next to Fidel Castro.
- Ariana Grande fans aren't feeling her new wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
- Gaming addiction is officially a mental health disorder.
- Alligator attacks are rare, but encounters are on the rise in Florida.
- Cracked phone screens are the worst. Here's what to do if yours breaks.
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- MacKenzie Bezos is worth $35B. She plans to give half of it away.
Supreme Court upholds law requiring burial of fetal remains
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an anti-abortion law in Indiana that requires the burial or cremation of fetal remains. Justices refused to consider the state's effort to ban abortions based on sex, race or disability. The Indiana law is among many challenging the timing, methods and providers of abortion that are headed toward the high court.
Meanwhile in Missouri: The state’s only abortion clinic could shut down by the end of this week.
A no-fly list for those with measles
As measles cases in the USA continue to rise beyond their highest level in a quarter-century, health officials pondered a drastic step – forbidding those believed to be infected from flying. Eight people from five states were warned the federal government could put them on a Do Not Board list managed by the CDC, The Washington Post reported. They canceled their travel plans. The CDC reported 60 new individual instances of measles Monday, bringing this year’s tally to 940 – the largest total since 1994.
Tornadoes claim another life
A string of tornadoes ripped through Ohio and Indiana overnight as a two-week wave of severe weather continued to assault Middle America. An 81-year-old man died and seven people were injured when an apparent tornado roared through just before midnight Monday. As many as 90 homes were damaged. Kylie Post, who said her Ohio home was spared, has no basement, so she and her son huddled under a mattress in a bathtub. "We heard the tornado sirens, and then it got really quiet," Post said. "Next, it sounded almost like a train was near us."
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