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Cruise ships just got a little more shady. At least 600 people have fallen sick due to an outbreak on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. According to CNN, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the outbreak when it was discovered that many people were quarantined during the ship’s tour. Passengers complained of diarrhea and vomiting. It isn’t clear what caused the illness, but the Center for Disease Control will board the ship on Monday to find out. [CNN]

Well, this is awkward. Two white doves were harmed by a crow and a seagull after being released as a peace gesture from Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. Thousands of people came out to watch the lovely moment take a turn for the worse, as a crow grabbed one of the doves and the seagull pecked at the other. One dove escaped its attacker and the event continued peacefully…we hope.  [The Guardian] 

Live by the gun, die by the gun, right? Former Marlboro man Eric Lawson has died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, caused by smoking. The Washington Post reports that the 72-year-old passed Sunday with his wife by his side. Lawson began smoking at 14-years-old, and began his career with Marlboro in 1978-1981. Later in his career, he starred in anti-smoking commercials where he talked about his struggle with COPD.  [Washington Post] 

One of cable’s biggest news networks may be over before we know it. Fox News has great ratings, but New York Magazine’s Frank Rich believes that their audience won’t hold them down much longer. After switching hosts, programs, and their depiction of the Republican party, the company may be tearing the party apart. Read the piece in its entirety here. [Huff Post] 

With the Olympic Games just days away, the subject of LGBT groups is still a tough topic in Russia. The mayor of Sochi, Russia is standing by his rule that homosexuality isn’t accepted in his region, but they are more than welcome to come to the Olympic Games. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov tells BBC, “We just say that it is your business, it’s your life. But it’s not accepted here in the Caucasus where we live. We do not have them in our city.” Isn’t that a warm welcome. [Chicago Tribune] 

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