Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean coast yesterday with winds up to 185 mph. It's one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded, and there have been several confirmed fatalities so far. These photos show some of the initial damage of the Category 5 hurricane, which is predicted to be even worse than Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
United States equities were on pace to open higher Monday following big gains in Asia and Europe and a risk-on bid in currency markets.
Why it matters: Stock markets could continue to rise despite an unprecedented global pandemic, violent protests over police violence in the U.S. not seen since the 1960s, and spiking tensions between the world's two largest economies.
There was a time when a months-long sports absence would have silenced athletes, leaving them without a platform to reach fans or make their voices heard.
Why it matters: But now that athletes boast massive social media followings and no longer need live game broadcasts or media outlets to reach millions, they're speaking out en masse amid protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people — delivering messages of frustration and unity, despite their leagues not currently operating.