Better have "Saturday Night Live" call up Larry David. Former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said that the Vermont senator is “considering another run for the presidency." By Election Day 2020, Sanders will be 79 years old. Currently, Donald Trump is the oldest person to be elected U.S. president. He was 70 when he was elected in 2016.
Anti-Putin Russian journalist found shot in his apartment (The Associated Press)
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was found by his wife, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds to his back in their apartment in Kiev, Ukraine. He died on his way to the hospital. Babchenko was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin, speaking out against Russia's annexation of Crimea, and against Russian involvement in Syria. He left Russia in 2017, over concerns that he might be imprisoned and because he said he was receiving death threats. Babchenko would not be the first Kremlin critic to die under suspicious circumstances. The Washington Post put together a list of 10 outspoken Putin critics who have died since 2003.
A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science claims that when restaurants played louder music, 20 percent more customers ordered less healthy food than when the music was quieter. The study did not suggest that loud music was to blame for all unhealthy restaurant choices, but did find that the music might set the mood for certain types of eating.
On Feb. 1, Elianna Constantino was born, and that in itself was a miracle. Little Elianna suffered from a genetic disorder that almost always kills babies before birth. To prevent this, doctors gave Elianna five blood transfusions and a bone marrow transplant, through her umbilical cord. While one of the surgeons who worked on this treatment described herself as being "as pro-choice as you get," she said that she thought women should be told that there were options for treatment for this disease, instead of only being told to abort.
The United Kingdom is calling for a global conference on chemical weapons. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson argued that this conference would "reaffirm and defend" the current international law, and validate the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The past few months saw targeted chemical attacks in Syria, and the chemical poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil.
Ocean Infinity, a private organization based in the United States, has finally given up on its search to find missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. Ocean Infinity signed a deal with the Malaysian government in January to work unpaid, with the promise of $70 million if it could find the wreckage.
At Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery, a 37-year-old man drank 100 grams of vodka, and used a metal pole to attack the painting. The Russian museum curators, who view the painting as being in the same league as the Mona Lisa, take the incident very seriously. In 1913, the painting was damaged, and the curator committed suicide. The current curator said she has no plans to go that far, but the museum want the government to make an example out of the man, and raise the maximum jail sentence for such a crime beyond the current three years