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Trump in Command as Cruz Drops Out; Clinton Inches Along
May 3, 2016
Donald Trump appears to be very close to clinching the Republican Party nomination for President, while Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton has a bit more work to do. Trump won the most votes in the Indiana Republican primary, garnering 53 percent of the vote. His main challenger had been Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who got 37 percent of Indiana’s vote; but Cruz, after another subpar showing, dropped out of the race entirely, leaving only Ohio Gov. John Kasich, far behind in the delegate count, to challenge Trump. Trump claimed 51 delegates for winning Indiana, putting his total at 1,007. Clinton’s only remaining challenger, Bernie Sanders, won the most votes in Indiana, but it wasn’t a blowout and so Clinton got more delegates to add to her leading total.

Rio to Feature Most-ever Female Olympians
May 2, 2016
Officials from the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, said that of the 12,000 athletes expected to compete, 4,700 would be women. That would be the highest ever percentage of female athletes, topping by a small amount the 44 percent seen in 2012.

Venezuela Moves Time to Save Energy
May 2, 2016
Venezuela has moved its clocks forward, in yet another attempt to save money as the country struggles through an electricity criss in the middle of a three-year-old depression. This comes on the heels of an announcement by the government that the public sector would go to a two-day work week.

Saudi Arabia Planning for Post-oil Economy
May 2, 2016
Saudi Arabia is planning to diversify, moving its economic focus from being overwhelmingly dependent on oil. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the announcement of Vision 2030, which includes a plan to sell shares in Aramco, a government-owned energy company, and also create what many say could be the world’s largest state-owned investment fund.

Solar-powered Plane Lands Safely in Phoenix
May 2, 2016
The solar-powered journey of Solar Impulse 2 has contined successfully, with the plane landing safely in Phoenix to complete the 10th leg of a planned round-the-world non-fueling journey. After a much longer and possibly more risky flight across the Pacific Ocean, the crew was back in the air within a week of landing in Mountain View, Calif. Andrew Borschberg flew the plane for nearly 16 hours, including a crossing of the desolate Mojave Desert.


It's the launch of a new series, an examination of seven of the most significant things on the planet, in history, etc. This week, it's the Seven Most Populous Countries in the World.




Roger Bannister Breaks the 4-minute Mile Barrier

On May 6, 1954, a British medical student named Roger Bannister ran a mile around a track in less than 4 minutes. It was one of the 20th Century's defining athletic achievements. Runners had been running consistently faster as generations went by and athletes got more serious and focused and disciplined. The one-mile race was considered one of the marquee distances. The four-minute time was considered an untouchable barrier. It also became a target. Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, was a talented runner who brought to his athletic pursuit a scientific approach honed in his medical student training.


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