San Antonio, Texas:
The Villanova University Men’s Basketball team defeated the University of Michigan 79-62 to win the NCAA championship. The final game marks the end of the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament, March Madness.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announced their divorce. They were married for nine years, the couple has one daughter together, Everly Tatum.
According to NBC News, on Monday, April 2, teachers from across the states of Kentucky and Oklahoma travelled to their respective state capitals to rally for increased funding and changes to their state-funded pension systems. All public schools in Kentucky and many in Oklahoma were closed that day because of the protests.
CNN reported that on Tuesday April 3, two firefighters died when their plane, a single-engine Cessna 150, collided with another plane at Marion Municipal airport in Marion, Ind. Pilot Kyle Hibst and passenger David Wittkamper worked for the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department in Madison County, Ind.
San Bruno, California:
According to the BBC, four people at YouTube headquarters are being treated for gunshot wounds after an alleged female shooter was found dead in the building with an apparent self-inflicted wound. Three patients are currently being treated at San Francisco General Hospital and one is in critical condition, as per the Associated Press.
Johannesburg, South Africa:
After a prolonged period of illness, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, age 81, died on Monday April 2. The widow of President Nelson Mandela, Madikizela-Mandela was a political activist throughout her life, especially against apartheid in South Africa in the later half of the 20th century.
Researchers from Deakin University, University of Melbourne and Monash University published a study in The Journal of Physiology that indicates that starting exercise earlier in life can increase the amount of heart cells later in life. The experiment conducted on rats found that rats which ran on a treadmill when they were young had more heart cells compared to rats who only began running on the treadmills as adults.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced new tariffs on U.S. goods in response to President Donald Trump’s administration’s new tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum. The tariffs would increase the taxes on U.S. products including pork, fruit and wine.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
Reuters reported that King Salman of Saudi Arabia has expressed his support for the Palestinian state following his son stating that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land. Salman also emphasized the need for an advancement of the peace process in the region during a phone call with President Donald Trump on Monday night.
It was reported in The New York Times that Afghan civilians were among those killed in an military airstrike of a religious seminary order by the Afghan government. The strike was meant to target senior Taliban officials, one government official estimated that 35 percent of those killed were civilians.