Daily Digest: Romney turns toward general election, MN House approves more fireworks, Facebook reports earnings

Greta Kaul

 

Here’s your Daily Digest for Tuesday, April 24:

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is turning his attention to November’s general election in Tuesday’s bunch of northeastern primaries, CBS News reports. 

Voters in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware will cast ballots for their preferred Republican candidates Tuesday — the first primaries since rival Rick Santorum dropped out of the race two weeks ago.

The Wall Street Journal estimates Romney has 698 of the 1,144 delegates he needs to secure the Republican Party’s nomination. Tuesday, 219 more delegates are at stake. 

With 137 delegates, Newt Gingrich has suggested his candidacy may hinge on his success in Delaware Tuesday. His campaign is more than $4 million in debt, the Washington Post reports.

After Tuesday, 15 states remain to hold GOP nomination primaries, according to CBS

The Minnesota House passed a bill that would allow the full range of consumer fireworks for a five-week window every year — June 1 to July 5, the Star Tribune reports.

The bill would allow Minnesotans to legally buy the type of aerial fireworks available in Wisconsin — within the five-week span. Now, ground-based fireworks are legal in Minnesota.

The bill passed 77-50 in the House, facing opposition from fire chiefs, fire departments, emergency rooms and burn centers.

The bill must go back to the Senate, where a slightly different version was passed, before it reaches Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk. Dayton hasn’t said whether he will sign the bill.

In social media news, Facebook reported its earnings Monday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The company reported 901 million monthly active users, compared to 845 last quarter. In terms of revenue, it’s making an average of $1.21 per user per quarter. About 41 percent of users visit the site daily.

A dip in ad revenue — from $943 million in the last quarter to $872 million this quarter — corresponds to an overall dip in advertising revenue for the same period.

Facebook’s purchase of mobile photo app Instagram this month is expected to boost the number of users who use the site on a mobile device.