4 Things To Know: New Librarian Of Congress, Russian Hackers, Death By Lightning & More

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – From the country’s new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, to medical records of Olympians Venus and Serena Williams being released, here is a look at the top four stories from Sept. 14, 2016.

First African American, Woman Named Librarian Of Congress

The country’s new Librarian of Congress is the first woman and African-American to hold the job since it opened in 1800.

Carla Hayden, 64, will be sworn in Wednesday as the 14th Librarian of Congress.

Hayden is the longtime CEO of the library system in Baltimore.

Russian Hackers Released U.S. Olympians’ Medical Records

Some top U.S. Olympians are finding themselves at the center of the latest cybersecurity breach at the hands of Russian hackers.

A group called Fancy Bears published the confidential medical records for gymnast Simone Biles, Venus and Serena Williams, and others online Tuesday. The records were stolen from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Russia is denying any wrongdoing.

NWS: More People Died Of Lightning Strikes Than From Tornadoes

Dying from a lightning strike may seem rare, but that killed more people this year than tornadoes.

The National Weather Service said 35 people have died in the U.S. from lightning strikes, the highest since 2009. That compares to 12 from tornadoes this year.

Lightning strikes can stop your heart, fry your nervous system and cause serious burns.

General Motors Creates Chevy Bolt EV

General Motors is touting its latest creation: the Chevy Bolt EV.

The company said it can go 238 miles on a single charge. That’s compared to about 210 miles for Tesla’s base version Model S.

The Bolt will cost about $38,000 dollars. It’s coming out later this year.

The Model S starts at around $70,000.


One Comment

  1. S Strand says:

    With God’s help, it will remain a testimony of our great country’s legacy, and not muttate into the African continent……
    The diversity of the Library of Congress is startling. Simultaneously it serves as: a legislative library and the major research arm of the U.S. Congress; the copyright agency of the United States; a center for scholarship that collects research materials in many media and in most subjects from throughout the world in more that 450 languages; a public institution that is open to everyone over high school age and serves readers in twenty-two reading rooms; a government library that is heavily used by the executive branch and the judiciary; a national library for the blind and physically handicapped; an outstanding law library; one of the world’s largest providers of bibliographic data and products; a center for the commissioning and performance of chamber music; the home of the nation’s poet laureate; the sponsor of exhibitions and of musical, literary, and cultural programs that reach across the nation and the world; a research center for the preservation and conservation of library materials; and the world’s largest repository of maps, atlases, printed and recorded music, motion pictures and television programs.

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