In the Know: July 24, 2015

“After years under a legal cloud, [marriage equality] is now the law of the land, but #LGBT discrimination is allowed to flourish. We must shine a light on injustice. #LGBT discrimination has no place in our housing, employment, and education laws.” New York Sen. Chuck Schumer tweeted on Wednesday in response to the Full Equality Act of 2015 bill that is being sponsored in the House

Nation
A gunman opened fire in a movie theatre on Thursday night in Lafayette killing 3 and wounding 7 before taking his own life.

One week after convicting Colorado shooter James Holmes, the jury confirmed in a unanimous finding Thursday that he’s eligible for the death penalty.

In an apparent suicide, 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell, three days after she was stopped for failing to signal a lane change.

Massive wildfires are burning throughout Montana and California.

World
The U.S. and Cuba officially reopened their respective embassies for the first time in over 50 years.

Chinese police may have forcibly seized the ashes of prominent Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek after his death in a Chinese prison.

Politics
Top Democratic lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday that would outlaw discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in federal law—the next step toward full LGBT equality.

A criminal investigation could be opened in relation to the personal email account that Hillary Clinton used during her time as secretary of state, according to a New York Times report late Thursday.

Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use Turkish soil to launch attacks against the Islamic State, signaling a major shift in policy on the part of the once-reluctant American ally, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Business
The EU’s antitrust arm Thursday accused six major U.S. film studios and a British television firm of improperly blocking viewer access to movies and other media content.

Millions of credit card customers can expect to receive refund checks after U.S. regulators ordered Citigroup to repay $700 million and fined it $70 million for illegal and deceptive practices.

A&P is having trouble. (Think bankruptcy.)

Health
New data on two Alzheimer’s drugs has provided some with new hope.

Social security disability benefits face big cuts in 2016 if Congress fails to act.

Science
Earth has a cousin. Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center said about the newfound world: “It is the closest thing we have to a place that someone else might call home.”

Women’s Affairs
There’s new evidence suggesting that women’s brains are especially vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease and other problems with memory and thinking.

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