A Boston police officer shot and killed a Massachusetts man who had been under surveillance by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI had been tracking 26-year-old Usaama Rahim for several weeks, and authorities are looking into whether he may have been radicalized by ISIS propaganda online, law enforcement sources said. Sources briefed on the case told ABC News Rahim was under 24-hour surveillance because he had made statements indicating he desired to attack police officers, in line with what ISIS has been telling followers via an extensive online propaganda campaign. The FBI knew he was armed and potentially dangerous and moved on him this morning when it appeared the threat he posed to uniformed officers in the Boston area had somehow increased. In a related arrest, Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police arrested David Wright of Everett, Massachusetts who had also expressed an interest in taking up the ISIS call to attack police. He will be charged federally. The charges will be announced later today.
President Obama wasted little time signing into law the USA Freedom Act Tuesday night. The Senate passed the bill reforming the NSA's domestic surveillance program Tuesday afternoon. The USA Freedom Act will end the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. It instead requires the telephone companies to retain the data. Intelligence officials would need a court order to access it. There will be a six month transition period to move the information from the NSA to the phone companies.
OBAMA POLL (HFR 7a 6/3)
The president’s job approval rating is back under water – to its lowest of the year. Persistent economic anxiety at home and the advance of Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria are complicating life for President Barack Obama. Forty-five percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll approve of Obama’s job performance, while 49 percent disapprove, his weakest rating since late 2014. He’s lost 5 points in approval since January and hasn’t seen majority support since May 2013.
Sepp Blatter, newly-reelected president of scandal-plagued FIFA, the world soccer organization, announced his resignation Tuesday. Even in the wake of the arrests of 14 people connected to the organization on corruption charges, Blatter easily won reelection just last Friday to a fifth term. Blatter had resisted calls for his resignation for quite some time now and had been pressured to postpone the election for sixth months so his resignation came as a surprise. Sources familiar with the case tell ABC News that Blatter was being investigated by the FBI and US prosecutors as part of the probe that led to last week’s stunning indictments.
The Pentagon's anthrax scandal is growing. The Pentagon acknowledges it does not know the scale or scope of the mistaken shipments of live anthrax.
CHINA CAPSIZED BOAT
Searchers are scouring the Yangtze River in China for survivors after a ferry boat with more than 400 passengers capsized in a storm Monday night. The captain is now under arrest. The pleasure cruise left last week traveling west along the river carrying 456 people on board, mostly senior citizens. A few survivors swam to safety or drifted to shore including the captain and the engineer. So far only 14 survivors and at least 5 confirmed dead.
CHICAGO BUS CRASH
A Chicago Transit Authority bus got into an accident Tuesday evening with at least three other vehicles on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago and onto a pedestrian plaza.at least 10 people were hospitalized. One person died.
Doctors hope to have Secretary of State John Kerry up and walking Wednesday a day after undergoing surgery on his broken leg from a bicycling accident in Europe. Kerry is also recalling how he got hurt. The Boston Globe reports the Secretary never got past the parking lot. After being distracted by his accompanying motorcycles at the start of a grueling uphill course, the report says Kerry struck a curb and lurched forward.
Lawmakers in Washington Tuesday grilled a Takata executive about the massive auto recall prompted by the companies faulty airbags. The defect is linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries.
The American woman attacked and killed by a lion in a South African park has been identified by multiple sources as Katherine Chappell. Chappell, whose identity was confirmed by her sister, was in her 20s, according to the sources.The sister said the family is devastated, but declined further comment. Chappell was attacked as she rode through the park Monday in a car driven by a tour operator.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment has been pushed back a week. The former Speaker was supposed to appear in federal court Thursday morning. But now court records show the hearing has been pushed back to June 9th. He'll still appear before the U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin, who according to federal campaign finance records twice donated to Hastert's campaign. No reason was given for the change. Hastert hasn't spoken since his indictment on charges of bank fraud and lying to federal agents surrounding allegations of past sexual abuse.
Auto sales figures released for the month of May were stronger than expected with Subaru leading with a 12 percent gain and GM sales up 3 percent, Fiat Chrysler up 4 percent and Honda up 1 percent. Even though May tends to be a strong month for car sales because people typically cash in those tax returns, they get those tax refunds, they go and they purchase cars and look forward to their summer road trips, this May was the strongest in nearly a decade.
While the investigation continues into an Amtrak train crash that killed eight people in Pennsylvania there was another accident Tuesday morning in Jacksonville, Florida when a train struck a car at a crossing. The car was split in half. No one on the train was injured. The crash was caught on video, but it's not clear in the video that the cross bars were working. Investigators are trying to piece it together but a radio call from the train seemed to blame the car. Three people in the car including a woman who was pregnant suffered minor injuries.
Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee will announce his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination today at the George Mason Center for Politics & Foreign Relations in Arlington, Virginia. Chafee is a former Republican turned independent who joined the Democratic Party two years ago. On the Republican side, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he will make his announcement on whether he’s running for president Wednesday June 24, in New Orleans. Elsewhere on the trail, seven major Republican presidential candidates or potential candidates took the stage Tuesday in a conference center at Disney World -- separately -- to talk about their plans for the U.S. economy. They answered questions from the audience at the Economic Growth Summit at the invitation of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has said he is using this forum, in part, to determine whom he'll endorse in the 2016 race.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa ripped the State Department on Twitter Tuesday for heavily redacted records related to Hillary Clinton's involvement in the Obama Administration's response to the 2012 Benghazi, Libya attack. Although Issa suggested the redacted document was sent to the Benghazi Select Committee, which is investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack, the committee actually received an unredacted version, according to committee aides. The heavily redacted version Issa tweeted was actually the one publicly posted on the State Department website last month as part of its release of Clinton's emails as Secretary of State.
A new development for star quarterback Tom Brady, who is fighting a suspension over "deflate-gate." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected a request to recuse himself and told the players union he would handle Brady's appeal. Brady was suspended four games for his role in under-inflated footballs at the AFC Championship. The union questioned whether Goodell could be fair and the Commissioner, in a letter, said his mind is open, there has been no prejudgment and no bias that warrants his recusal. The appeal is scheduled to be heard June 23rd.
Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson rejoined the Minnesota Vikings nine months after he was indicted for injuring his son while disciplining him with a tree branch. Peterson had expressed frustration with the Vikings over what he perceived to be lack of support during his legal troubles but he told our sister network ESPN he is returning because he wants to, because he's part of the team and owes it to the guys he plays with. Peterson was reinstated in April and is set to make almost 13 million dollars this season.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals has the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.
Did you hear about Bruce Jenner's change into Caitlyn Jenner? If not, you're one of the few who haven't. According to a spokesperson, for Vanity Fair the magazine cover featuring Caitlyn’s first photos as ‘her’ reached more than 46 million people combined across web, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. That's close to the population of Spain, the total number of U.S. podcast listeners and the number of turkeys eaten by Americans on Thanksgiving, according to digital media website Mashable.