Debt Ceiling Legislation Passes: President Biden has declared a crisis avoided after the Senate voted to pass the House's legislation that suspends the debt ceiling until January 1, 2025. The legislation will result in $1.5 trillion in savings over the next 10 years. Read more at BBC News.
Three Missing After Iowa Apartment Structural Collapse: A six-story apartment building with approximately 50 residents in Davenport, Iowa, experienced a structural collapse on Sunday. The incident occurred just days after structural engineers diagnosed structural issues with portions of the building's brick facade and window openings. City officials stated that they did not order an evacuation because the engineer assured that the building remained safe. Three residents are still missing. Read more at Associated Press.
Florida's "Day Without Immigrants": Workers in many different service sector jobs united in cities across the Sunshine State to protest a new state law that imposes restrictions on undocumented immigrants. Workers in construction sites, farms, restaurants, shops and other small businesses went on strike for the day and peacefully protested in the streets in what they declared a "Day Without Immigrants." Read more at Associated Press.
Mass Shootings in US: This week, Gun Violence Archive reported a total of 21 mass shootings resulting in 88 victims injured and 15 victims dead.
Mental Health Awareness Month - "Lonely Bouquets" in Wales: In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, florist Fay Trowbridge of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, has decided to make it an annual tradition to spread some positivity and happiness throughout the month by having bouquets of flowers mysteriously appear. Trowbridge began this tradition five years ago and has since placed 150 "lonely bouquets" in various places throughout the town. This year, Trowbridge placed many of the floral bouquets outside of restaurants and shops to try to draw more customers to places that have been hit especially by high inflation in the post-pandemic economy. Read more at BBC News.
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