In the Know: April 25, 2014

“If you really want to do something, if you believe you’re the right person to do it, if you think that it could make a difference, then you have to be willing to compete, to get into the arena — knowing full well that it’s going to be challenging, to say the least.” Hillary Rodham Clinton, addressing a women’s leadership forum in Boston on April 23, 2014

Nation
Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 on Monday, leading the way in a triumphant race for all of the runners and the city as a whole. Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won the women’s division for the second consecutive year, setting a record with a time of 2:18:57.

World
The Israeli government officially called off peace talks this week, citing a reconciliation agreement signed by Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization. “Whoever chooses the terrorism of Hamas does not want peace,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in a statement. Israel won’t talk until the agreement is reversed or falls apart.

Russia announced Thursday that it’s starting military drills along the border of Ukraine. The escalation comes after a move against pro-Russian forces occupying various government buildings by Ukrainian forces. This is the first time Kiev’s troops have used lethal force in the conflict.

Thirteen sherpas were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest last Friday, in the single deadliest accident on the mountain. Now, just days away from the beginning of the busiest climbing season of the year, expeditions are unsure whether climbs on the world’s highest peak will go ahead.

Politics
The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law that bans affirmative action in university decisions this week. Seven other states have similar bans, so this kind of case could become a trend, but because of the justices split decision the Michigan case won’t serve as a precedent.

Business
Apple is splitting its stock 7 for 1 starting in June. The stock will not be cheaper, but will cost a lot less for the average investor. Think of it this way — one share of Apple right now trades at about $564, and after the split,  you’ll have 7 Apple shares fetching about $80.57 a piece. Apple is simply flooding the market with more shares at a lower price.

Health
The FDA announced new rules that would apply to e-cigs this week. The rules would ban the sale of the electronic cigarettes to minors, but allow different flavors and certain types of advertising. Until now, e-cigs have been free of any federal regulation.

Women’s Affairs
A study published by Clinical Infectious Diseases finds that vaccines against cervical cancer work even in sexually active patients with HIV. This is important because cervical cancer is a major killer of young and middle-aged women in countries with a higher occurrence of AIDS.

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