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The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings of churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka — an island just off the southern tip of India — were carried out by seven suicide bombers, a government investigator tells AP.
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What's new: When your smartphone can access any song, movie or book ever created, and you can use it to do anything from ordering food to finding dates to getting rides, companies are realizing they need a new weapon in the war for attention: an editor in chief, Axios editor in chief Nicholas Johnston writes.
Driving the news:
By the numbers: The proportion of people on LinkedIn who report they work in content/editor roles at non-media companies (not typical news or journalism) has grown by 32% in the past decade, according to LinkedIn data.
Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo. Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images
World leaders are scrambling to contain acts of violence and hate crimes by introducing censorship measures, or by shutting down internet access — partially or totally — in trouble spots, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Driving the news: Sri Lankan officials temporarily blocked social media and messaging apps in the country to curtail the spread of fake news after multiple bombings killed hundreds on Easter Sunday.
Why experts warn this could be bad:
What's next: The link between outbreaks of violence and social media is leading to calls for tighter regulation of social media and messaging apps, pitting free-speech ideals against efforts to curb horrifying incidents.
Hawaii's Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater, as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling streets, AP reports:
U.S. nuclear plants weren't built for climate change, Bloomberg reports:
Laura Bopp wore this homemade hat in the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Mueller obsessives will enjoy this account by four CNN journalists who staked out the special counsel's office every weekday f0r 18 months — Sam Fossum, Em Steck, Liz Stark and Caroline Kelly:
And the big score:
Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky ... frequently zipped into work on a motorized scooter ... But on one memorable Thursday in January, ... Zelinsky walked into work with a small suitcase ... His charcoal helmet, which he wears while usually scootering or biking into the office, was noticeably absent. We knew Zelinsky was ... working on matters relating to Roger Stone ...
[W]e ... spotted Zelinsky leaving the office in casual clothes with his suitcase and briefcase. He then walked ... to a nearby hotel, where he hailed a cab. ...
Back at the CNN office, reporters covering the investigation put this clue, along with the grand jury session on a Thursday, rather than the usual Friday, together and guessed that Stone may have been indicted. CNN sent a producer and camera to his home in Florida that night, and sure enough, less than 12 hours later, captured the dramatic pre-dawn arrest on video.
"Ukraine entered uncharted political waters ... after ... a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election," per Reuters:
Musk indicated in a recent interview that Teslas should be able to navigate congested highways and city streets without a human by next year.
The big picture: More than 60 companies in the U.S. alone are developing autonomous vehicles.
Be smart: Musk's description of Tesla's controls as "Full Self-Driving" has alarmed some observers who think it will give owners a false sense of security and create potentially lethal situations in conditions that the autonomous cars can't handle.
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A study out today says that one of the most popular climate-change policies in America — renewable energy mandates — is also expensive, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" column:
Why it matters: This report, one of the most comprehensive analyses of its kind, questions the conventional wisdom that says these policies are effectively addressing climate change.
What’s next: Amy will moderate an in-person and online event about the report in Chicago, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Cyrus Beschloss — a Williams College graduating senior who is the founder and CEO of College Reaction, a clever startup that captures opinion and news from the college demographic — shared his group's latest poll with Axios first.
Our thought bubble, from Axios editor in chief Nicholas Johnston: For all the talk about young voters charting the course, their preferences line up pretty much with the older folks. So don't look for them to propel some new candidate to the forefront (though they do trend very Dem).
P.S. ... A Harvard Institute of Politics Youth Poll out this morning finds voters between 18 and 29 are experiencing anxiety as much as joy:
Ivanka Trump's four-day Africa trip last week included 13 events, meetings and site visits in Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, plus these announcements with the Overseas Private Investment Corp.:
The literal chill of Netflix ("One of us usually ends up falling asleep") is so great that some young couples call it the new birth control, The Wall Street Journal's Shalini Ramachandran writes in an A-hed (subscription):
"It is hard to ignore, anecdotally at least, the impact of streaming entertainment."
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