5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Macron, Le Pen advance to second round in French presidential election

  • North Korea detains U.S. citizen

  • Bill O'Reilly releasing first podcast since Fox News firing

  • 100-day poll sees Trump unpopular but maintaining his base

  • California professor develops vaccine for acne

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen will advance to the second round of voting in France's runoff presidential election. As of Sunday night, Macron is estimated to have 23.5 percent of the vote, slightly ahead of Le Pen with 22.3 percent of the vote, center-right François Fillon with 19.9 percent, and far-left populist Jean-Luc Mélenchon with 19 percent. The runoff election will take place May 7, and Fillon has urged his supporters to back Macron in the second round.

Source: Agence France-Presse

North Korea detained a Korean-American man named Tony Kim at the airport in Pyongyang on Friday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday. Kim is a professor who was in North Korea teaching a course at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). He is the third American citizen currently held by the isolated nation. The other two detainees were both arrested last year and sentenced to hard labor for subversive acts. Pyongyang has yet to comment on why Kim is in custody.

Source: The Hill, Reuters

On Monday, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is releasing the first episode of his podcast, No Spin News, since he parted ways with Fox News last Wednesday amid allegations of sexual harassment. Earlier this month, it was reported by The New York Times that O'Reilly and the network paid $13 million to settle with at least five women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment and verbal abuse, and women continued to step forward with new accusations up until the day he was fired. O'Reilly, whose show The O'Reilly Factor was the highest-rated cable news program, has denied the allegations. His podcast will go live at 7 p.m. ET Monday, available for premium members of his website. It is unclear if he will address what has happened over the last week.

Source: Variety

President Trump continues to have record-low approval ratings with the general public, but he is maintaining his core base of supporters, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday in advance of the 100-day mark of Trump's presidency on April 29. A majority of Americans say Trump does not understand their problems, is not trustworthy, and is not guided by a clear set of principles. However, more Americans say Democrats are out of step with the public than feel the same about the GOP, and 96 percent of Trump voters said they would back him again today.

Source: ABC News, The Washington Post

Put away the masks, creams, cleansers, and serums — a University of California, San Diego, professor says he has developed an acne vaccine that can take care of the disease. "This is the first vaccine for human beauty," Prof. Eric Huang of the Department of Dermatology told NBC 7. "I think this vaccine has a huge market in the whole world." Huang said after five years of work, they have come up with two types of vaccines — therapeutic and preventative, which will be given to children in elementary school. The vaccine has been tested on mice and worked well, Huang said, and now, he needs to team up with a pharmaceutical company for large-scale clinical trials; if that happens soon, after FDA approval, the vaccine could be available within three to five years.

Source: NBC Los Angeles
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