1. Happy first birthday, Prince George!
It's good to be a future king — as in Prince George of Cambridge, the toast of the world as he turns a year old on July 22. The adorable and adored third-in-line to the British throne is even more a focus of obsessive interest today than he was when he arrived on Planet Mania last year, to be met by a cheering, roaring, sweating mob of media people and a delighted royal family. He's the world's most famous baby but he's not the most photographed baby; Prince William and Duchess Kate are too protective for that. That's why rare new pictures of him, at a butterfly exhibit at London's Natural History Museum, released on Saturday and Monday to mark his birthday, were greeted with such fervor, at least in the media and among his many fans.
2. Airstrikes continue to pound Gaza as Israeli soldier reported missing
Israeli aircraft hammered Gaza overnight, hitting more than 150 targets, including five mosques and a sports complex, according to a Gaza police official. The Palestinian death toll now stands at 585. At least 27 Israeli soldiers have been killed, in addition to two civilians, and an Israeli defense official told the Associated Press that one soldier went missing during a ground offensive in Gaza. Earlier this week, Hamas militants claimed they had captured an Israeli soldier.
3. Rock Hall of Fame to add Beyoncé exhibit
Bow down, Buckeyes! An exhibit highlighting Beyoncé's Super Bowl XLVII performance and music videos will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on Tuesday. The AP reports the exhibit will be housed in a part of the museum previously restricted to only Hall of Famers. It's just the latest in a long line of barriers smashed by Queen Bey. The exhibit will feature her body suit, skirt and jacket from the Super Bowl performance, her Givenchy gown from the 2012 Met Gala and several iconic items from her music videos.
4. Shelly Sterling expected to be called to the stand
In the Sterling v. Sterling trial, Shelly Sterling is expected to be called to the stand by Donald Sterling's lawyers Tuesday. Shelly is attempting to get a court order to validate her $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The judge has scheduled Wednesday as the final day of testimony and Monday for closing arguments.
5. Child poverty rates in the U.S. are on the rise
An analysis of children's overall well-being out Tuesday shows a mixed bag of results, with poverty rates high but fewer teens having babies. The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book shows child and teen death rates decreasing, preschool enrollment climbing and more children showing proficiency at reading and math. There is a disparity between regions of the country — with Southern states tending to do less well on the children's well-being ratings than Northern states. The five lowest states are Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi, and the top five states are Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and Minnesota.
And, the essentials:
Weather: Sweltering summer heat will bake much of the central and southwestern U.S. on Tuesday, while some severe storms could rattle the western Great Lakes.
Stocks: Futures were trading higher Tuesday ahead of the opening bell.
TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Food Fighters and Frontline.
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