7 things to know now: Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner separate; radio signals from space; Gene Wilder
In this photo taken Jan. 5, 2011, then-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are pictured after a ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin says she is separating from husband Anthony Weiner after another sexting revelation involving the former congressman from New York. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.
What to know now:
1. Are they out there: A radio signal from a star some 94 light years from Earth is giving those looking for extraterrestrial intelligence something to look at. According to astronomer Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, "The signal from HD 164595 is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like star, and if it's artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind." However, some say the evidence is a little lacking.
2. The White House on Kaepernick: The White House has weighed-in on Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the playing of the National Anthem. Press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that while the administration disagrees with Kaepernick's method of protest, they defend his right to express his views. "In general, what I can say is that I certainly don't share the views that Mr. Kaepernick expressed after the game in explaining his reasoning for his actions," Earnest said. "But we surely all acknowledge and even defend his right to express those views in the settings that he chooses. Even as objectionable as we find his perspective, he certainly is entitled to express them."
3. Wilder dies: Actor Gene Wilder, forever Willy Wonka to generations of fans, died Monday of complications of Alzheimer's disease. Wilder, 83, starred in a series of iconic comedies including "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein," and "Blazing Saddles." Mel Brooks, who produced many of the films Wilder appeared in, said Monday, "He blessed every film we did with his magic and he blessed me with his friendship."
4. Splitting up: Huma Abedin, a longtime Hillary Clinton confidant, announced that she is separating from her husband, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, after it was revealed that he sexted a woman while his 4-year-old son slept in the bed next to him. According to sources close to Abedin, she was "furious and sickened" at the photo of Weiner, clad only in underwear sending a photo of himself to a woman while the couple's son lay next to him on the bed. Weiner resigned his seat in Congress in 2010 after he accidentally posted sexually suggestive photos of himself. According to the woman whom Weiner sent the photos to, the two had been exchanging photos for about a year.
5. Generic EpiPen: The drugmaker Mylan announced Monday that it would offer a generic version of its EpiPen after controversy erupted when the company raised the price of the life-saving device to more than $600. The generic device will be "identical" to the branded product as far as how it is made and used, according to Mylan. The company says it will launch the generic version in "several weeks." It will cost $300 for a two-pack carton.
And one more
Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon will remain behind bars after he was denied parole for the ninth time. Chapman, 61, killed the former Beatle in front of Lennon's New York City apartment on Dec. 8, 1980. "Your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate that seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for the law," the parole board wrote. Chapman has apologized for murdering Lennon. He has his next chance at parole in 2018.