Things you should know today: 8/15/18


Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again

FILE – In this June 4, 2018 file photo, baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop after a U.S. Supreme Court issued a limited ruling in his favor after he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He is suing Colorado after officials ruled against him in another alleged discrimination case in which his shop refused to make a cake celebrating a gender transition. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker whose case went to the Supreme Court after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, is suing the state once again after refusing to bake a cake for a gender transition celebration. Phillips, who argued his religious beliefs justify his refusal, stated his belief is that “the status of being male or female … is given by God, is biologically determined, is not determined by perceptions or feelings, and cannot be chosen or changed.” Phillip’s lawyers believe that the state of Colorado is on a “crusade to crush” Phillips due to his religious beliefs.

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, applauds with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Vermont residents nominated the first transgender woman from a major political party to be governor. Christine Hallquist, the transgender candidate who won the Democratic primary, will be facing Republican opponent Gov. Phil Scott for the state’s highest office in November. She would become the nation’s first transgender governor if elected.

A view of the Morandi highway bridge that collapsed in Genoa, northern Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 90 meters (nearly 300 feet) into a heap of rubble below. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

After a highway bridge in Genoa, Italy collapsed and killed 39 people, prosecutors are investigating the possible design flaws and inadequate maintenance of the bridge. The Morandi Bridge was carved in two after its midsection collapsed during a violent storm Tuesday. Many fear that the bridge’s remaining parts will also come crashing down.

Former CIA director John Brennan is trending on Twitter after Trump revoked his security clearance. Sarah Sanders announced that Brennan would no longer have access to classified information due to “erratic conduct and behavior.”

Honest Trailers released an episode featuring “Avengers: Infinity War.” The video is #3 trending on YouTube and has gathered over 2.2 million views since its release on Tuesday.

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