1. THE HEAT GOES ON: JUNE TOASTIEST ON RECORD
Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record as the climate keeps going to extremes.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday announced that June averaged 15.9 Celsius, about 0.9 Celsius warmer than the 20th century average.
It beat out 2016 for the hottest June with records going back to 1880. NASA and other groups also concluded that last month was the hottest June on record.
Europe shattered June temperature records by far, while other records were set in Russia, Africa, Asia and South America. France had its hottest month in history, which is unusual because July is traditionally hotter than June. The Lower 48 states in America were near normal.
According to Berkeley Earth climate scientist Robert Rohde, it seems likely that July too will be a record hot month.
2. CANADIAN POLICE NAB NINE SUSPECTED MEMBERS OF POWERFUL MAFIA CLAN
Canadian police on Thursday said they had arrested nine suspected members of a powerful Mafia clan with roots in southern Italy involved in money laundering and illegal gambling in the Toronto area, seizing $26.8 million in assets.
Over three days, police raided 48 cafes, businesses and residences belonging to the so-called “Figliomeni Group”, nabbing the alleged leader, Angelo Figliomeni, and eight other suspects. They face allegations of money laundering, defrauding the government and participating in an organized crime group.
Figliomeni, alias the “brigante” or the “bandit,” has been sought in Italy for almost a decade and is appealing a 20-year jail sentence there. Due to the fact that he is a Canadian citizen and the crime of Mafia association does not exist in Canada, he could not be extradited and was living comfortably in Vaughan, a suburb of Toronto.
Canadian police are still trying to track down one other man on related illegal gambling and drugs charges.
3. MINOR QUAKE SHAKES MEXICO CITY
A minor earthquake struck Mexico City on Thursday, the latest in a series of small tremors that have shaken buildings and jangled nerves across the Mexican capital over the past week.
According to the National Seismological Service (SSN)the magnitude 2.2 quake was registered at 1:55 p.m. local time in the central neighborhood of Alvaro Obregon.
According to the city’s civil protection authority, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
A report published on Wednesday by the SSN and the National Autonomous University of Mexico found that 16 small earthquakes had struck Mexico City’s central Miguel Hidalgo district between July 12-17.