British PM to ask Parliament for June 8 election
British Prime Minister Theresa May will ask Parliament on Wednesdayfor an early general election June 8 as the country starts on its path toward exiting the European Union. May made her surprise announcement on the election Tuesday in a bid to strengthen her leadership position for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. May became prime minister after her predecessor, David Cameron, resigned after the Brexit referendum passed. With an election, May hopes to increase her Conservative Party’s narrow majority. A vote in Parliament, which is expected to approve the election, could come as soon as Wednesday.
Walmart debuts online ordering discounts
Fighting back against Amazon and other online sellers, Walmart on Wednesday will begin offering discounts on thousands of items ordered online if shoppers will pick them up at their nearest store. The discounts are available exclusively online for roughly 10,000 items ranging from car seats to TVs. The selection will grow to more than 1 million items by the end of June, Walmart said last week when it announced the new program.
White House to honor Super Bowl champs – some of them, anyway
The New England Patriots are scheduled to visit the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl LI victory with President Trump. But there may be more focus on which Patriots don’t show up. Shortly after the Super Bowl, tight end Martellus Bennett said he would not attend the celebration, citing his opposition to Trump’s politics. At least five other Patriots also declined the invitation for various reasons. Two assumed “yes” responses are quarterback Tom Brady and team owner Robert Kraft, both personal friends of Trump’s.
Playground at center of Supreme Court church-state dispute
The Supreme Court has waited 15 months to take a swing Wednesday at what may be the premier case of its lackluster term: a church-state dispute over a playground. On the surface, the case is about just that: the unforgiving, pea gravel surface of the playground at Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center in Columbia, Mo. The church wants to replace it. But its application for a state grant to install a rubber surface was turned down in 2012 because the state constitution — similar to those in more than 30 states — prohibits giving public funds to religious institutions. Now, a trend may be turning in the church’s favor.
Huge asteroid to zip ‘near’ Earth
Worried about giant space rocks slamming into the Earth? On Wednesday, we’ll get a near-miss from an asteroid larger than the Rose Bowl, which will safely zip by us at a distance of some 1.1 million miles. While that sounds far away, its only about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon, and the closest pass from such a big asteroid since 2004. The asteroid is so massive that astronomy website Slooh.com nicknamed it “The Rock,” after popular movie star Dwayne Johnson. .