News you might have missed: Morning links for Wednesday, May 23

News you might have missed: Morning links for Wednesday, May 23
A view of the Loch Ness Monster, near Inverness, Scotland, April 19, 1934. The photograph, one of two pictures known as the 'surgeon's photographs,' was allegedly taken by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson, though it was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who, on his deathbed, revealed that the pictures were staged by himself, Marmaduke and Ian Wetherell, and Wilson. References to a monster in Loch Ness date back to St. Columba's biography in 565 AD. More than 1,000 people claim to have seen 'Nessie' and the area is, consequently, a popular tourist attraction. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Scientists will use DNA to try to track down…the Loch Ness Monster (Reuters)
It worked for the Golden State Killer, so why not Nessie? Scientists plan on searching for environmental DNA (known as eDNA) left behind in the Scottish loch from the mythical sea creature’s blood, scales, or urine. The same method is used to track whale and shark populations.

Man says his leg was snapped in half by a “lava bomb” (CBS News)

“It was super painful,” Darryl Clinton said, describing the lava bomb that was hurled 200 yards from a volcanic fissure and shattered his leg on Mother’s Day. “Super painful” sounds like the understatement of the year.

Trump announces more sanctions against Venezuela following sham election (NPR)

President Donald Trump announced new sanctions that he said would prevent the Venezuelan government from selling off its assets in “fire sales.” “[This] money belongs to the Venezuelan people,” he said. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro won 68 percent of the vote on Sunday in an election in which he faced no serious opposition and had no chance of being defeated.

President promises “big news” for auto workers, but what is it? (Twitter)

On Wednesday morning, President Trump promised in a Tweet, “There will be big news coming soon for our great American Autoworkers. After many decades of losing your jobs to other countries, you have waited long enough!” So far there have not been any details about just what this “big news” could be, though.

Texas Democrats nominated their first Hispanic lesbian gubernatorial candidate (Dallas Morning News)

Lupe Valdez won the runoff election in Texas on Tuesday, making her both the first Hispanic female and the first openly gay candidate for governor from either party. Valdez will run against Republican incumbent Governor Greg Abbott in November.

Secretary of State Pompeo says that the U.S. would walk away from a “bad deal” with North Korea (USA Today)

Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “a bad deal is not an option. The American people are counting on us to get this right. If the right deal is not on the table, we will respectfully walk away.” Yesterday, President Trump cast doubt about the certainty of a reaching an agreement with Kim Jong Un, saying “you never know about deals.”

U.S. investigating the possibility of a Chinese sonic attack (CNN)

The U.S. State Department is looking into the possibility that a sonic attack took place, after a U.S. government working in China reported “abnormal sensations of sound and pressure.” The government employee reported experiencing symptoms from late 2017 through April.