Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today's top stories


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 3, 2015.

Death penalty on table for movie theater shooter James Holmes

Despite arguments from James Holmes's defense that mental illness was behind the deadly mass shooting he perpetrated at an Aurora, Illinois, movie theater in 2012, jurors have "unanimously" agreed to consider the death penalty. Holmes pleaded not guilty but was convicted.

[Read more from CNN]

Obama: Clean Power Plan 'most important step we have ever taken' against climate change

In a speech detailing the new Clean Power Plan in Washington, D.C., on Monday, President Barack Obama called reducing climate change a "moral obligation." To be implemented by U.S. states, it seeks to reduce the country's carbon emissions by one-third by 2030.

[Read more from BBC]

China demanding U.S. return wealthy refugee

Beijing is reportedly putting pressure on the Obama Administration to hand over businessman Ling Wancheng, who recently fled to the United States. Politically connected to the highest levels of the Chinese government, he could pose a significant security threat to his country if he defects to the U.S.

[Read more from The New York Times]

Scientists: Yes, you can taste fat

Confirming long-held suspicions, scientists have confirmed that human taste buds can detect the flavor of fat. The researchers, whose work is published in the journal "Chemical Senses," named the particular flavor "Oleogustus" and compare the sensation of tasting it to "eating oxidized oil."

[Read more from FOX News]

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Walter Mondale dies at age of 93

His death was confirmed by family on Monday.

National Guard

Man charged in connection to shooting that injured National Guard troops

Four soldiers were inside a military vehicle that was shot at.

Chauvin trial

Walz declares emergency in Twin Cities, bringing in police from Ohio and Nebraska

The governor has asked the Legislature for emergency funding for the additional police.

derek chauvin court - closing arguments

Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial: Here's what was said

The jury listened to lengthy presentations from the prosecution and defense.


Man, 55, airlifted to a hospital after hit-and-run in Granite Falls

The passenger in the vehicle told police about the incident.

Minneapolis, unrest

Facebook labels Minneapolis 'high-risk,' will remove posts that incite violence

Facebook will remove posts that call for weapons to be brought to Minneapolis and anything that celebrates George Floyd's death.


After being sued, MyPillow is now suing Dominion Voting Systems

The company's lawsuit claims the voting system suppressed free speech and hurt its business relationships.

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren makes his decision ... and it's Gonzaga

The Minnesota basketball phenom is following the footsteps of Jalen Suggs.

Sarah Glover

MPR News hires NBC's Sarah Glover as new managing editor

The experienced journalist was the first to serve two terms as president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

football play

Watch: Sixth-grader with cerebral palsy makes touchdown in Detroit Lakes

Kale Hannahs' classmates made sure he got a chance to play during recess.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 19

The latest from Minnesota health officials.