Things you should know today: 6/18/18


Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

Kallestad, Gorm
A view of the first flight by an electric aircraft, at Olso Airport, in Gardermoen, Norway, Monday, June 18, 2018. Norway’s transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country’s airport operator took off Monday for a short flight … aboard a small, Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat when they took off from a remote corner of the Oslo airport for a brief journey in the grey skies. (Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix via AP)

Dag Falk-Petersen, Norway’s transportation minister, and passenger Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Norway’s airport operator, took a short flight aboard a Slovenian-made two-seat electric airplane Monday. Norway plans to be 100 percent electric by 2040 for all short-haul flights. Starting in 2025, the operator plans to test a small electric plane with 19 seats.

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls

The gate of Myotoku-ji temple collapses after an earthquake hit Ibaraki City, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka on Monday morning. (Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP)

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake near Osaka, Japan killed four people and injured hundreds of others as walls and buildings collapsed. The earthquake struck shortly before 8 a.m. and reached about 13 kilometers (8 miles) throughout north Osaka. Three of the victims who died were in their 80s, and one victim was a 9-year-old girl walking to school.

‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record with $180 million

This image released by Disney Pixar shows a scene from “Incredibles 2,” in theaters on June 15. (Disney/Pixar via AP)

Disney estimated Sunday that the “Incredibles 2” film, the long awaited sequel to the 2004 “The Incredibles,” would earn an estimated $180 million over opening weekend. The film has become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. According to Disney, adults made up 31 percent of the audience, 57 percent were families and 11 percent were teens.

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