Heavy rains, floods in Louisiana cause mayhem
Floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall in the South have claimed the lives of at least five people, CBS News reports. Among the dead was a 6-year-old boy. As many as 3,500 homes have been ordered for mandatory evacuation. The severe weather conditions have been caused by a weather pattern responsible for bringing moisture, which is causing heavy rainfall, into Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas.
Apple product launch to be held on March 21
The next Apple product launch will be held on March 21. Among the possible devices to be announced at the event include a new iPhone, the iPad Pro and new bands for the Apple Watch, Business Insider reports. The company’s product launches are held twice annually and are eagerly awaited by many. The invitation sent to reporters Thursday reads, “Let us loop you in.”
Louisiana black bear removed from endangered species list
After 24 years, the Louisiana black bear has been removed from the Endangered Species List. In 1992, the species was placed in the list as only 150 of them were left. Discovery News notes that their declining population was due to loss of habitat and overhunting. As of today, as many as 500 to 750 bears inhabit the forests of Louisiana and Mississippi, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Trudeau’s visit marks first official state dinner in 20 years
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dined at the White House on Thursday, marking the first time in 20 years a Canadian leader attended the official state dinner. Ahead of Trudeau’s visit, he said that maintaining healthy relations with the United States is important for Canada’s prosperity, as reported by CBC News.
Facebook buys photo editing app Masquerade
Masquerade, a photo-editing application that lets users change their pictures in real time, has been bought by Facebook. BBC reports that the latest move is seen as a response to the growing competition it faces from Snapchat, credited with introducing live filters “lenses” in 2015. In 2013, Facebook made an offer of $3 billion to take over Snapchat, but the offer was rejected.