MONEY: Recently, it came out that 3.3 million people filed for unemployment last week in the US. We’ll repeat: 3.3 million people...filed for unemployment...last week. That’s the most ever in US history, with the previous high being 695,000 claims in a week in 1982. Some experts say it’s equivalent to if a “major hurricane [occurred] in every state around the country for weeks on end.” Others estimated that 14 million people will have lost their jobs by this summer. Not a typo. In response, Treasury Sec Steven Mnuchin said the unemployment claims are “not relevant.” Stay tuned. In other news, Apple’s reportedly considering delaying its next big iPhone launch. Because, coronavirus pandemic.
USA: Norweigian Cruise Line is under investigation. Hint: there’ve been allegations that the biz gave “misleading and potentially dangerous sale pitches” to customers in an attempt to downplay the risks of coronavirus. Liiiiike they gave its sales force lines like, “the only thing you need to worry about on your cruise is do you have enough sunscreen.” Orrrr “the coronavirus can only survive in cold temperatures, so the Caribbean is a fantastic choice for your next cruise.” Yes, really. Now, it looks like Florida’s attorney general is taking a magnifying glass to the cruise line. Meanwhile, Mississippi is joining Texas and Ohio and declaring abortions “non-essential” procedures that need to be delayed. Cue even more backlash.
WORLD: Yesterday, Turkey indicted 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Reminder: back in 2018, Khashoggi - a Saudi journalist who’d criticized the Saudi leadership - suddenly disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Later, it was revealed that he’d been killed by a group of Saudi men, reportedly on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Now, years later, Turkey’s pointing fingers at those apparently responsible and issuing arrest warrants. In other world news, it was just discovered that the Great Barrier Reef likely faced its most widespread bleaching event on record. That marks the third mass bleaching event in the past five years.