The death toll rose to 33 after a boat carrying 105 people capsized and sank off the southern resort island of Phuket. The boat carried 93 tourists, 11 crew and one tour guide before it was hit by 16-foot high waves during a storm. Authorities are continuing to search for 23 others who are still missing, and 12 people who were injured in the crash have been hospitalized. The 33 people who lost their lives were all Chinese nationals.
Cult leader Shoko Asahara and his six followers, who were responsible for the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 13 and sickened 6,000 others, were hung and executed Friday. Even before the gas attack, in 1989, the cult members broke into the home of lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto, who opposed the cult, and killed him, his wife and baby boy. Asahara used a mixture of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and yoga to draw followers that he picked from Japan’s top universities. Members included doctors, lawyers and scientists. They participated in strange rituals, including drinking his bath water and wearing electrical caps. The reasons behind the sarin gas attack still remain a mystery.
Police arrested singer Chris Brown for battery charges after he walked off the stage of his concert in Tampa, Florida. Nightclub photographer Bennie Vines Jr. reported that Brown punched him while he was hired to take photos during an event hosted by Brown. Brown was sent to Palm Beach County Jail where his bond was posted for $2,000.
Keri Russell is trending on Twitter after reportedly joining the cast for Star Wars: Episode 9. People on Twitter are speculating her role and sharing their opinions.
YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE posted a video titled “Will This Trick Your Ears? (Audio Illusions)” that is #3 on Trending.