'Lion King,' heatwave and Puerto Rico protest: 5 things you need to know Monday

Editors, USA TODAY Published 3:10 a.m. ET July 22, 2019


Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló faces calls to resign after private chats leaked, revealing the men mocking women and victims of Hurricane Maria. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

These Americans are angry: What’s fueling Puerto Rico’s massive Monday protest

Anger seething in Puerto Rico is expected to draw thousands to San Juan’s cobble-stoned streets again Monday in an unrelenting push to force the U.S. territory’s governor to step down. The planned major demonstration follows a week of protests and outrage targeting Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who is embroiled in a scandal over hundreds of pages of leaked text messages that contained misogynistic and homophobic language. While he has admitted writing the messages and asked for forgiveness, Rosselló has refused to resign, though he did announce Sunday via a brief Facebook video that he would not seek reelection. He also said he would step down as head of his pro-statehood party.

Police to criminals: Wait for cooler weather to commit crimes

Extreme heat threatened Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and hundreds of cities and towns in between over the weekend, but relief could arrive Monday.  A change in the jet stream will bring cooler, less humid air from Canada, as Boston-area police in Braintree, Massachusetts, noted. “Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday,” police said on Facebook, advising to “blast the AC, binge Stranger Things season 3, play with the face app, practice karate in your basement We will all meet again on Monday when it’s cooler.”


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Former justice’s body to lie in repose at Supreme Court

The body of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will lie in repose at the court on Monday, a day before his funeral and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Stevens, who served nearly 35 years on the high court until his retirement in 2010, died last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the age of 99. The honor of lying in repose was last bestowed in 2016 on Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the leader of the court’s conservative wing, who often clashed with the liberal Stevens during his 30 years on the court.

A possible $700 million payment for Equifax after data breach

An announcement could come as soon as Monday on state and federal investigations into Equifax’s massive 2017 data breach that exposed the personal information of 148 million Americans. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported Friday night that under the agreement Equifax would pay $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and most state attorneys general. The deal would also resolve a nationwide consumer class-action lawsuit, the Journal reported. The hack exposed the personal data of 148 million Americans, including Social Security numbers, often required as a key identifying factor to open new accounts. 


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Couldn’t wait to be king: ‘The Lion King’ tops box office

Final numbers are expected Monday after Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” devoured opening weekend records for the month of July and PG-rated films. According to studio estimates, the film grossed a stunning $185 million across 4,725 North American theaters. Industry experts had pegged “The Lion King” for a $150 million opening, which turned out to be far too modest a projection despite the mixed reviews for Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 animated film. And more good news for Disney: “Avengers: Endgame” also crept past “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing film of all time. 


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