Welcome back, Short Listers. Ashley Shaffer here to get you caught up on the latest and greatest news of the day.
But first: If you’re the person who stole a 400-year-old bonsai tree worth more than $50,000 in Tokyo, the owners have a request: Please, water it.
Looks like 'El Chapo' is not getting out this time
A federal jury slammed the door Tuesday on a final escape bid by the notorious Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" — real name Joaquín Guzmán — convicting the former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel of drug trafficking, weapons charges and operating a continuing criminal enterprise, a verdict that could send him to prison for life. The man famous for escaping from prison in Mexico — twice — showed no emotion at the findings. The verdict capped a trial that began more than two months ago and was packed with tales of the drug cartel, a naked escape and grisly deaths.
About that border security agreement ... Trump is 'not happy'
President Donald Trump slammed a tentative border security agreement reached by lawmakers looking to avoid another government shutdown, but he didn't say whether he would sign the legislation if it reaches his desk. Trump said Tuesday that he was dissatisfied with the deal, which was announced late Monday by a bipartisan group of budget negotiators. “Am I happy? The answer is no, I’m not," he said. Still, Trump expressed hope that another shutdown will be avoided. The deal includes $1.375 billion for a structure on the border — well below the $5.7 billion Trump wanted. To avoid another shutdown, Congress must pass the deal and Trump must sign it by midnight Friday when existing funding is set to expire.
- No refunds, no one answering phones: How the shutdown stymied the IRS.
- Your tax refund won't be delayed if you do these two things.
- Rapper 21 Savage has been granted bond and will be released by Wednesday morning after more than a week in ICE custody.
- George Clooney is over the way the media is treating Duchess Meghan.
- A half-naked woman felt the desire to run around a South Carolina airport, causing flight cancellations and (probably) some entertainment for travelers.
- They were looking for a place to smoke marijuana. They found a 1,100-pound tiger instead.
Got milk? If it's from this farm, toss it
An outbreak of raw milk tainted with Brucella, a drug-resistant bacteria which can cause serious complications such as heart problems, arthritis and miscarriage, is being investigated. People in 19 states have bought or consumed the raw milk from Miller's Biodiversity Farm in Pennsylvania. The CDC advises people to toss any raw milk or raw milk products from the farm. The infection can strike up to six months after exposure, meaning people who consumed the raw milk products within that time frame should monitor their health for symptoms, which include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and muscle and joint pain.
What is keeping Confederate statues up? Sometimes it's the law
Civil rights leaders and public officials in Atlanta want the city's Confederate monuments removed. But there’s one thing stopping them: state law. Georgia is one of several states that has moved in recent years to protect these controversial monuments. Now leaders in Atlanta are considering an alternative: adding signs to the Confederate monuments that give their historical context. It's the next phase in the national debate over monuments to the Confederacy: What can local officials do when the state says they can't take them down?
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: A naked escape. Grisly deaths. Life in prison, maybe