In the Know: March 11, 2016

“In a few words, here is what Nancy Reagan meant to me as First Lady—and, I think, to America: Dignity. Glamour. Loyalty. Fidelity. Discretion. True love. Common sense. Good manners. Strong values. An unshakeable sense of propriety.” Bob Colacello, friend of Nancy Reagan for 35 years, on her life and legacy after she died on March 6

Former first lady Nancy Reagan, perhaps best known for her “Just Say No” campaign to combat drug abuse in the 1980s, died Sunday morning at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94.

Six are dead after a backyard shooting in Pennsylvania that appears to have been premeditated. The suspects remain at large, and authorities haven’t identified them.

The board of the Wounded Warrior Project, one of the largest veteran support organizations in the country, has fired the nonprofit’s chief executive officer and the chief operating officer.

The military plans to examine hundreds of sites nationwide to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water, the Defense Department said.

Meet the women President Obama is vetting for the Supreme Court.

Sulayman Dawud al-Bakkar, an apparent ISIS chemical weapons manufacturer, was transferred to Iraqi custody Thursday after being captured and held by U.S. forces.

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea Thursday, announced it’s scrapped all agreements with the South on commercial exchange projects, and said it would “liquidate” South Korean assets left behind.

Speaking of ballistic missiles, Iran’s military also tested two on Wednesday, and an Iranian officer says the missiles are designed to reach Israel.

Today Japan marked the fifth anniversary of the 2011 tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and left a devastated coastline along the country’s northeast that has still not been fully rebuilt.

A probe by the Justice Department has determined that Iran was responsible for a 2013 cyberattack on a dam in the New York City suburbs.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation last October that would allow terminally ill people to request life-ending medication from their physicians—the End of Life Option Act will go into effect June 9.

Also in California, their Senate voted Thursday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The measure is part of a larger package of legislation aimed at cracking down on tobacco.

Election 2016
After debating in Flint, Mi., Bernie took home an unexpected win in Michigan.

Then the Dems turned up the heat in Florida, a crucial battleground state that votes next week.

Republicans, meanwhile, tried hard to turn the heat down.

The FCC has unveiled a proposal that would restrict Internet providers’ ability to share the information they collect about what their customers do online with advertisers and other third parties. If adopted, these would be the first privacy rules for Internet service providers.

U.S. stock markets swung dramatically between gains and losses Thursday, then ended right back where they started.

Health & Science
The CDC says more than one in three Americans have blood-sugar levels that raise their risk of developing the disease. It’s called prediabetes—and doctors say it’s an epidemic that’s out of control.

A new report reveals the health dangers of “ultra-processed” foods, which make up almost 58 percent of the calories we eat each day.

Tilikum, the orca whose killing of a trainer at a SeaWorld park in Orlando became the focus of the documentary “Blackfish,” is gravely ill.

Women’s Affairs
Amid mounting pressure from Kesha supporters, Sony will reportedly drop Dr. Luke.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is partnering with the American Association of University Women to offer free salary negotiation classes to women. “How do they push back, and push back without fear of repercussions, but also push back in a way that men often do?” Walsh said.

In the U.S., women make up only about six-and-a-half percent of all pilots. But on one San Francisco-to-Maui United Airlines flight, the pilots, flight attendants, gate agents and even some of the ground crew were all women—a rare occurrence in the male-dominated world of aviation.


image via of Mr. and Mrs. Reagan celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002


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