Oprah Winfrey's departure this week from her long-running TV show leaves a gaping hole in daytime television.
Radical changes are taking place on television — specifically, daytime broadcast TV. Soap operas are disappearing. And this week, Oprah Winfrey ends her tremendously successful run in syndication. According to the Nielsen rating service, over 7 million people tuned in to The Oprah Winfrey Show each week.
Nobody really knows what's going to happen to the huge hole Oprah leaves in daytime: Not TV stations, not advertisers, and not her fans.
There have been nearly 1,200 tornadoes in the U.S. so far this year. That's nearly twice the usual number of twisters, and it comes as something of a surprise to the scientists who study them. It turns out there is still no good way to predict tornado outbreaks more than a couple of days ahead of time.
Every year, government meteorologists tell the public about how many hurricanes to expect during the Atlantic season. But the government doesn't do that with tornadoes.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has affirmed a controversial prison release order that mandates California reduce its prison population by thousands. California's prisons have long been plagued with severe overcrowding, which has resulted in inadequate health care.