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The U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea at the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria on Thursday night. Six people perished in the attack, according to the Syrian army. The Shayrat airfield is supposedly where the chemicals used in this week’s attack in Idlib were created. Russia was notified of the looming missile launches, which gave its personnel stationed in Syria an opportunity to evacuate. However, President Vladimir Putin was not personally notified beforehand. “President Putin considers the American strikes against Syria an aggression against a sovereign government in violations of the norms of international law, and under a far-fetched pretext,” said Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Friday. “This step by Washington is causing significant damage to Russian-American relations, which are already in a deplorable state.” Russia claimed that the U.S. violated international law with its strike and asked for an emergency UN meeting on Friday, according to the New York Times.
The Senate has approved Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is filling the spot left vacant by the late judge Antonin Scalia, Reuters reports. Earlier this week, the GOP exercised the “nuclear option” after Democrats made it clear that they would filibuster the vote. Under the nuclear option, Republicans only needed 51 votes to confirm Gorsuch. "For the life of me, I don't understand why the Democrats made such a fuss about this (nominee)," said Sen. Orrin Hatch. "They look stupid. The next one, I mean I expect Armageddon."
In an effort to reduce the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, KFC will stop buying poultry that is fed certain antibiotics, according to Reuters. The franchise’s owner, Yum Brands Inc., will give poultry suppliers until 2018 to stop feeding their chicken antibiotics also used to treat humans. "We recognize that it's a growing public health concern," said KFC U.S. President Kevin Hochman. "This is something that's important to many of our customers and it's something we need to do to show relevance and modernity within our brand.” The new stance will only affect KFC locations in the U.S.
Trade and investment cooperation were hallmarks of the first meeting between The Chinese President and President Trump on Thursday, as per The New York Times. A statement on China’s Foreign Ministry website said that The Chinese President believed in the promotion of a bilateral investment agreement. "We have a thousand reasons to get China-U.S. relations right, and not one reason to spoil the China-U.S. relationship," he told Trump. The two leaders will conclude their two-day summit today over a working lunch.
An Air Force general says that the military would consider placing satellites in orbit via used SpaceX rockets, Reuters reports. Using previously flown rockets could help the Pentagon save money. “I would be comfortable if we were to fly on a reused booster,” said General John "Jay" Raymond. “They’ve proven they can do it ... It’s going to get us to lower cost.” Earlier this month, SpaceX successfully reused one of its rockets for the first time to deliver a satellite into orbit.
Billie Lourd has signed on to star in the seventh season of “American Horror Story,” which may pull from the 2016 presidential election, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "All of the stuff that I’m developing now is going to be about illuminating and highlighting people who don’t have a voice in our culture — people who are ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away," creator Ryan Murphy previously said in an interview. Lourd (“Star Wars,” “Scream Queens”) will be joining Billy Eichner as a new member of the “American Horror Story” ensemble.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Hillary Clinton said she is still “deeply concerned” over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential...