Rapid Reads: 6 Big stories of the day
Hit the snooze button one too many times this morning? Well, that can be our little secret. Here are all the trending news stories you missed while you were racing out the door:
1. Well, this is a disaster.
More than 20 wildfires broke out all over California this weekend, with the largest consuming over 54,000 acres in three counties. As of Sunday, that fire was only five percent contained and 12,100 people in three different counties had been ordered to evacuate. California is facing one of the worst droughts in its history, which Governor Jerry Brown says has "turned much of the state into a tinderbox." It certainly doesn't sound like this is getting better anytime soon. - CNN
2. Breast is best.
Today marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, a yearly event intended to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding. Each year, Breastfeeding Week events focus around a single theme. The theme for this year is "Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work," which is intended to promote policies to make it easier for breastfeeding moms to work. On Saturday, thousands of moms will also participate in the "Big Latch On," during which they will breastfeed for one minute beginning at the same time. Women from 176 different countries are expected to participate in the breast-tivities. - TIME
3. Obama is cracking down.
President Obama is set to move forward with tough cuts on emissions from U.S. power plants and it's causing quite the stir. Last year, the Obama administration introduced a plan to cut emissions 30 percent by 2030, which triggered a national freak-out and a year-long review process. Today he'll reveal the final rule, which bumps the cuts up to 32 percent by 2030. It also gives states two additional years — until 2022 — to submit their plans to cut emissions and offers credits to states that boost their use of renewable energy. Republicans argue the cuts will be too expensive and intend to sue as soon as the rule is formally published. - The Washington Post
4. This is getting scary.
A fourth person has died from Legionnaires' disease in New York. When we first covered the outbreak last week, there were two deaths and 29 were ill. That number has now increased to 55 ill, with officials saying there have been 71 cases total since July 10. The disease is not spread through person-to-person contact, but rather via mist from cooling towers, air conditioners or showers. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is still trying to find the source of the illness. - CNN
Amazon made some changes to its Prime service over the weekend. As of July 31, 2015, they're limiting the number of adults who can share a Prime Account. The new service, called Prime Household, allows up to two adults and four children to share benefits from one membership (previously, up to four adults could share). The Household account also requires adult members to share payment information. If you have an existing account, you won't notice any changes unless you opt-in to Household, but the changes will be a part of all new memberships going forward. - LifeHacker
6. Fight like a girl.
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey proved she is a force to be reckoned with this weekend when she knocked out opponent Bethe Correia in only 34 seconds. The fight was one of the year's most anticipated, as Correia spent the weeks leading up to it talking trash. She even went so far as to take a jab at Rousey's father's suicide. In the end, Correia was all talk and Rousey walked away with the title. - Fox Sports