Things you should know today: 8/2/18


Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching

FILE – In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Pope Francis prays during an audience in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican. The Vatican said Thursday Aug. 2, 2018, that Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying it can never be sanctioned because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, FILE)

Pope Francis proclaimed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” and that the Catholic church should work to abolish it. He has changed the official church teaching to say that all life is sacred and that there is no justification for taking someone’s life, no matter how heinous the crime is that the person has committed. The pope claims that there are more options out there today in order to defend human lives from dangerous perpetrators.

Financial fruit: Apple becomes 1st trillion-dollar company

FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2007 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new iPhone during his keynote address at MacWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Apple has become the world’s first company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of tasteful technology that has redefined society since two mavericks named Steve started the company 42 years ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion. Apple hit this milestone when its shares reached an all-time high of $207.05 mid-day in New York. So far, the trades have increased by 22 percent this year.

Man who swiped shark says he’s ‘activist, not a criminal’

This undated photo provided by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in San Antonio, Texas shows Anthony Shannon. Shannon is charged with felony theft for stealing the horn shark Saturday from the San Antonio Aquarium. Shannon tells San Antonio TV station KENS that he’s an “activist, not a criminal.” (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Anthony Shannon, a man who posed as a salt distributor to investigate the living conditions of fish in a Texas aquarium, is being charged with a felony theft after swiping a horn shark from its tank and taking it to his home in a baby stroller. The shark, named Miss Helen, was retrieved from Shannon’s home Monday. Shannon claimed not to be a criminal, but rather an activist. He said that he took the shark after he witnessed a guest squeeze it. The aquarium stated that its animals are well cared for and Miss Helen is improving in health after its abduction.

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