Things you should know today: 7/25/18


Suicide blast kills 31 as Pakistan holds general elections

A man mourns the death of his family member at the site of a bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. A suicide bomber struck outside a crowded polling station in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, killing dozens of people as Pakistanis cast ballots Wednesday to democratically elect a civilian government.(AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a crowd of people casting their ballots to elect their thirds consecutive civilian government in Quetta, Pakistan, killing at least 31 and injuring 35 others. Several of the wounded are in critical condition, raising concerns that the death toll may rise. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but officials are blaming the Islamic State group.

‘I will be resigning’ says lawmaker who shouted slur on TV

In this Feb. 28, 2018 photo, Rep. Jason Spencer, of Woodbine, speaks at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. Spencer is seen using racial slurs and dropping his pants in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series “Who Is America?”.
In the Sunday, July 22, broadcast, Spencer repeatedly uses a racial slur for African Americans and later exposes his bottom after being told it helps scare away Muslim terrorists. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

After exposing himself and yelling racial slurs on Sacha Baron Cohen’s cable TV show, Georgia lawmaker Rep. Jason Spencer said that he would be resigning. He has vowed to serve the rest of his term until the end of the month. His resignation will become effective by July 31, 2018. On Cohen’s Showtime series called “Who Is America?” Spencer is convinced to do several outlandish exercises after being told it is for a counterterrorism video. Spencer repeatedly shouts a racial slur for black people and tells Cohen the tactic is useful for drawing bystanders’ attention to an unfolding attack. He then exposes his rear end toward Cohen while shouting “USA!” and “America!”

Water is buried beneath Martian landscape, study says

This May 12, 2016 image provided by NASA shows the planet Mars. A study published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in the journal Science suggests a huge lake of salty water appears to be buried deep in Mars, raising the possibility of finding life on the red planet. (NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team – STScI/AURA, J. Bell – ASU, M. Wolff – Space Science Institute via AP)

Researchers have found evidence of a huge lake of salty water buried underneath Mars’ surface, raising the question of possible life on Mars. The discovery was based on radar signal observations by a European spacecraft, which scientists analyzed and collected over three years. Their results suggest that a 12-mile-wide body of water lies below ice about a mile thick near the planet’s south pole. Astrophysicist Roberto Orosei suspects there may be other hidden bodies of water on Mars, waiting to be discovered.

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