Things you should know today: 3/1/18


Putin boasts of new Russian nuclear weapons

Alexei Nikolsky
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Putin set a slew of ambitious economic goals, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in his state of the nation address the country now has technologically advanced nuclear weapons that cannot be intercepted. Putin claims the new weapons are strong enough to destroy any defense missile it comes in contact with.

Health of world’s last male northern white rhino in decline

Joe Mwihia
FILE – In this Friday, July 28, 2017 file photo, wildlife ranger Zachariah Mutai takes care of Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya. The health of 45-year-old Sudan is deteriorating and his minders said Thursday, March 1, 2018 that his “future is not looking bright.” (AP Photo/Joe Mwihia, File)

45-year-old rhino named Sudan is the world’s last male northern white rhino. Despite receiving 24-hour care at Kenya’s Ol Pejete Conservancy, veterinarians say the rhino has a deep infection on his back right leg.

Hope Hicks leaving as Trump’s communication director

Evan Vucci
In this Feb. 9, 2018 photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is shown during a meeting in the Oval Office between President Donald Trump and Shane Bouvet, in Washington. Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal aides, is resigning. In a statement, the president praises Hicks for her work over the last three years. He says he “will miss having her by my side.” The news comes a day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House communications director Hope Hicks has resigned from her position. Hicks was one of President Donald Trump’s longest-serving aides, having worked with him for over three years.

Walmart, Dick’s expand corporate rift with gun lobby

Elise Amendola
FILE – In this June 5, 2017, file photo, customers shop for food at Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart says it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. The retailer’s new policy comes after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced earlier Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years old. It didn’t mention ammunition. Walmart says the decision came after a review of its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart made announcements this week taking steps to restrict gun sales, specifically to those under the age of 21. An industry analyst believes businesses involved in retailing hunting gear will follow suit.

Lindsey Stirling shares The Greatest Showman medley

Violinist Lindsey Stirling uploaded a video performance of a medley made up of songs from the recent box office hit, The Greatest Showman.

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