- Bingo Barnes
- Chief Justice John Roberts joined left-leaning justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday to push back against a new Louisiana law that attempted to restrict access to abortion. The justices voted 5-4 to grant a temporary stay on the law that opponents said could have left only one authorized abortion provider for the entire state of Louisiana. The New York Times reports that Roberts' vote highlights the pivotal position he has assumed after last year's departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy who was often the swing vote in closely divided cases.
The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four-member liberal winghttps://t.co/hjypXe0FK7— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 8, 2019
- Alex Guerrero, 25
- An asteroid, dubbed by NASA 2019 CB2, is barreling toward a so-called "Earth Close Approach," and will shoot past the Earth this weekend at 38 times the speed of sound. NASA says the asteroid will miss our planet by almost 650,000 miles.
- The BBC reports that all horse races in Britain have been canceled until at least Wednesday, Feb. 13, due to an outbreak of equine flu. Veterinarians say symptoms can take up to three days to manifest.
- CNN has a story from Kalispell, Montana, about one very lucky cat that was found buried in snow, her fur completely matted in ice. The cat was rushed to a local animal clinic, where the clinic director told CNN the cat was "essentially frozen." Vets used warm water, hair dryers and heated towels to raise the feline's body temperature. The cat miraculously survived and returned home with her owners the following day.
- Hollywood is mourning the death of one of the finest actors of his generation: Albert Finney. His family confirmed his death this morning. The 82-year-old actor was diagnosed with kidney cancer 11 years ago. Finney portrayed everyone from the young ladies man in Tom Jones in the early 1960s to Hercule Poirot in the original Murder on the Orient Express in the 1970s, to the tap-dancing Daddy Warbucks in Annie in the 1980s, to a crusty environmental lawyer in Erin Brockovich in 2000. Finney was reportedly first offered the title role in Lawrence of Arabia, but turned it down because he didn't want to sign a multiyear studio contract. His final screen appearance was in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.
Albert Finney has died at age 82. The British screen and stage legend received five Oscar nominations and starred in such films as 'Tom Jones,' 'The Dresser' and 'Erin Brockovich.' https://t.co/0jo3vFoluZ— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 8, 2019