Rapid Reads: 6 Big stories of the day
Didn't have time to catch up on the news this morning? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are the top news stories everyone will be talking about today.
1. Whew, that was close
Yesterday the Senate voted against a bill intended to defund Planned Parenthood. The controversial bill was a response to videos that claim Planned Parenthood is profiting off of fetal tissue donations. Planned Parenthood says the videos are heavily edited and taken out of context, but that's done little to quiet the organization's critics. For now, Planned Parenthood is safe, though some Republicans have already threatened a government shutdown in October if the women's health organization doesn't lose funding in next year's federal budget. — Washington Post
2. Amy Schumer gets serious
Yesterday comedian Amy Schumer joined her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, in calling for a stricter system of background checks for gun purchasers. The pair announced a bill that would reward states that submit records on felons, spousal abusers and the mentally ill to the federal background check system. It would also penalize states that refuse. Last month, two women were killed and nine others were injured when a gunman opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater during a screening of Amy Schumer's Trainwreck. Schumer said she was heartbroken over the shooting and intends to be much more vocal on the subject of guns from now on. — NBC News
Bobby Jindal is under fire for comments he made stating mayors of "sanctuary cities" should be arrested for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants on their watch. So-called sanctuary cities are places that do not honor the federal government's request to detain undocumented immigrants so they can be deported. This issue is receiving a lot of attention right now after a 32-year-old woman was killed in San Francisco, allegedly by an immigrant who had recently evaded deportation thanks to one of these sanctuary policies. Jindal wants Congress to pass legislation that would make city officials accessories to these types of crimes. — CNN
4. "Don't speak, don't tell me cause it hurts..."
Beloved celebrity couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have filed for divorce. The couple reportedly filed at the same time and cited irreconcilable differences. The rocker duo have three children — Kingston, age 9, Zuma, age 6, and Apollo, age 1 — and have been married for 13 years. According to TMZ, the pair did not sign a prenuptial agreement and will have to split their marital assets 50/50. We hope that decision doesn't leave them singing the blues. — Rolling Stone
Actress Zooey Deschanel has an awful lot to celebrate. The celebrity darling gave birth to a healthy baby girl yesterday, just days after getting hitched to her longtime beau, Jacob Pechenik, in a secret ceremony in Austin, Texas. Details of the wedding ceremony were not released, and they've yet to reveal their new bundle's name, but you can bet she's adorable and is probably already learning how to play the ukulele so she can join Deschanel on her next album. Best wishes to the new family! — Entertainment Tonight
6. HitchBOT heartbreak
HitchBOT, a Canadian-made robot that has been hitchhiking its way around the globe, met a terrible end over the weekend. The robot was an "artwork and social robotics experiment" created by David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller. It made small talk with locals and posted Instagram photos of its adventures, which included everything from cruising the canals of Amsterdam to participating in the wave at a Red Sox game. Unfortunately, the robot was found beaten and dismembered in a Philadelphia alley on Saturday, proving dead batteries aren't the only thing robots need to fear. — The New York Times