Following news that data company Cambridge Analytica used personal information of 50 million Facebook users to influence the 2016 US presidential election, stocks fell sharply on Monday, with Facebook leading the sell-off, its shares decreasing 6.8%. In the stock’s worst one-day fall since 2014, other technology companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and Google parent Alphabet dropped, as well.
President Trump visited Manchester, New Hampshire, Monday, advocating for the federal government’s tougher treatment of drug crimes, saying ‘that toughness includes the death penalty.’ The Trump administration’s plan for opioids includes the attempt to decrease drug demand by funding educational campaigns and research into alternative medical treatments that are ‘not so addictive.’
Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi signed a law on Monday banning almost all abortions after 15 weeks, saying he was ‘saving the unborn.’ The Gestational Age Act, effective immediately, means Mississippi holds the earliest abortion ban in the US. Mississippi state director for Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates Felicia Brown-Williams called the ban ‘unconstitutional.’
Cynthia Nixon, known for her role as Miranda Hobbs on Sex and the City, announced Monday, she is launching a bid for New York governor. Nixon, an advocate for access to quality education in New York, has never held elected office and would become the first female and openly gay governor of New York.
Authorities in Austin, Texas confirmed a Sunday bomb attack appears to be connected to three earlier bombings, saying they are dealing with a ‘serial bomber.’ The fourth bombing in a month had ‘similarities’ to the previous three but exhibited ‘a change in the method.’ Authorities are searching for a ‘specific ideology’ behind the bombings.
A self-driving Uber car struck and killed a 49-year old woman crossing a street in Arizona on Sunday marking the first fatality associated with autonomous vehicles, raising questions about their safety. Uber halted testing of self-driving vehicles across North America in response to the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into the crash.