The world is a terrible place. That’s why Shark Week exists. To remind us that there are awesome things out in the world. But let’s look at the not-so-awesome stuff first.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, purchased the Washington Post for $250 million in cash. Many are hoping that he’ll help make news profitable again. New York Times
Spooky stuff if you’re living in Yemen: the U.S. and British governments ordered their citizens and nonessential diplomatic staff to leave the country immediately due to terror threats. New York Times
The Southwest is experiencing a terrible drought. No where is it worse than in New Mexico, where ecosystems are possibly collapsing. Los Angeles Times
In good economic news (I think? I don’t know what counts as good news at this point), the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June. BBC
The court marshal in the Fort Hood shooting began Tuesday. The case is unique because Hasan has tried to plead guilty, but the military court does not allow guilty pleas where the death penalty is a possible punishment. NPR
Today in terrible things: an Amber Alert is out for siblings kidnapped after their mother was killed. The world can be a scary place, y’all. Los Angeles Times