NUMBER 5 - BEYONCE & JAY-Z SUMMER TOUR
Beyonce and Jay-Z have announced plans for a summer tour, together! The On the Run Tour kicks off in June. The power couple is also using it as a way to give back: A dollar from each ticket sold will go toward the Shawn Carter Foundation, an organization that helps students from under-served groups go to college. Tickets go on sale to the general public May 2nd.
NUMBER 4 - SEAWORLD TRAINERS GET NEW SAFETY VESTS
Trainers at Seaworld Orlando began wearing custom-designed emergency vests Monday during whale shows. The vests have a mini scuba pack and become flotation devices with the pull of a cord. Trainers have not been in the water with whales since the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau and they won't be going in, even with these new vests. Federal courts upheld a mandate by OSHA that trainers stay out of the water.
NUMBER 3 - SPONSORS CUT TIES WITH CLIPPERS
Virgin America is cutting ties with the Los Angeles Clippers in the wake of racist remarks allegedly made by owner, Donald Sterling. The airline says it will end its sponsorship of the team, but will continue to support the fans and players. Auto dealer Carmax also says its pulling its sponsorship after nine years, and State Farm Insurance says it will be "taking a pause" in its relationship with the organization.
NUMBER 2 - FLIGHT 370 SEARCH ENDED
After seven weeks of an intense but fruitless search, the international air effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is over. Some ships will stay in the Indian Ocean, to gather any debris that might surface. Tuesday, Malaysian officials played never-before released audio of the plane's final chatter with a control tower for family members. This morning, an Australian company says it has discovered what it believes to be the wreckage of a commercial aircraft several thousand kilometers away, from the search area, in the Bay of Bengal. However leaders of the search are dismissing the company's claim.
NUMBER 1 - TORNADO OUTBREAK HITS ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI
A tornado emergency has been declared for parts of Alabama and Mississippi, including Tupelo. At least five tornadoes have already been confirmed, with one reportedly as large as a mile wide. A weather reporter in the area told CNN that buildings in a major commercial district in Tupelo were "wiped away," with winds reportedly knocking over semi trucks. According to The Weather Channel, the tornadoes have killed at least seven people.
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