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June 30--  Melissa Moore at Vidalia City Hall reminds us that "The Market at City Park" in Vidalia is open for business this afternoon from two until six p.m.  She says vendors will be there with fresh fruits and vegetables.  Check it out on Facebook at City Park for updates.

--Authorities in Turkey carried out raids across Istanbul netting 13 arrests. Three of those arrested are foreign nationals although their identities have not been revealed. Investigators are still working to identify the attackers involved in the deadly airport attack.
--Turkish authorities are increasingly convinced Tuesday night's deadly attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was the work of ISIS. The death toll is 42.  CIA Director John Brennan says the attack in Istanbul "bears the hallmarks" of the Islamic State's "depravity."
- Airports across the U.S. are seeing an increased security presence inside and outside their terminals after three armed attackers opened fire Tuesday before blowing themselves up at Turkey’s biggest airport, where travelers are screened before even entering the terminal. The procedures at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport are similar to those across the Middle East and unlike those in the United States. Airports in New York, Miami, Atlanta and San Francisco told ABC News they will have an increased police presence in the wake of the attack, but at no American airport will you find screening of passengers before they enter terminals.

At least 250 ISIS militants were killed Wednesday in a series of US airstrikes in Southern Fallujah, officials said. Officials also estimate that some 40 vehicles were also destroyed in the attacks. One of the senior defense officials said "we’re still assessing the strikes and gathering details" but the number of fighters killed is "consistent with our early assessments."

A person was killed by a grizzly bear Wednesday afternoon near Montana's West Glacier, according to Flathead County Sheriffs.  Authorities say the incident occurred about a mile from the campground area on Flathead National Forest land. Early reports say the victim may have been riding a bicycle on a forested trail.  This would be the first deadly grizzly attack in Northwest Montana since 2001. The area is the most populous grizzly bear region in the lower 48 states with some one-thousand bears living there.

Doh!  The FDA says eating raw cookie dough and cake batter is a no-no, and it has nothing to do with the raw eggs. Nearly 40 people in 20 states have been sickened by a strain of bacteria found in flour. The CDC traced the outbreak to a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri. The company has recalled flour sold under the brand names Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens and Gold Medal Wondra.

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- Mitt Romney's family is still urging him to run for president. In a speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said that his wife and kids were concerned about how the Republican nominating contest played out, and urged him late in the primary to mount his own bid.
- Voting for Donald Trump? That doesn’t mean you’re completely on board, according to a new analysis of data from this week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll.
- Donald Trump’s supporters appeared to further his feud with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, showing their ire by breaking into a stereotypical Native American war cry when her name was mentioned at Trump’s Maine rally today -- a jab over Warren's claims about her heritage.
- The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund is behind a new anti-Hillary Clinton ad released today that appears to have been filmed in a U.S. national cemetery, which would be a violation of government policy.

On a self-described "rant" about populism, but without mentioning Donald Trump by name, President Obama today submitted that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s rhetoric is not populism, but actually "nativism or xenophobia." “They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes," the president said, taking a moment of liberty at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, Canada, after several questions at a news conference explored Trump’s campaign rhetoric. "That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism. Or xenophobia or worse. Or it’s just cynicism."

A new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds Americans overwhelmingly support plans to spend nearly $2 billion to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, but without great urgency. One in three is worried about contracting the virus, one in four is taking steps to avoid exposure – and most are confident that the federal government can respond effectively to an outbreak.  

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the State Department emails that she sent and received on her private computer server to be accessible to "anybody," according to transcripts released Wednesday. Her comments provided new insights into the highly unusual decision by the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate to operate a private email server in her basement to conduct government business as secretary of state.

House Democrats all over the country hosted events Wednesday urging their Republican colleagues to hold votes on gun safety legislation. There were more than thirty events around the country – some big protests, some small gatherings in churches – all to discuss the need for votes on gun control measures in the House.  The rallies were part of what Democrats called a national day of action – meant to build on the momentum that started when they staged a sit-in on the House floor last week.

The Senate passes and sends to the President a financial rescue package to help relieve Puerto Rico's debt crisis.  The vote was 68-30. It comes two days before the island owes a $2 billion debt payment to creditors. The territory is $70 billion dollars in the hole.

- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is scheduled to deliver a speech on Thursday; a week after the British people voted to leave the European Union. 
- Scotland's leader says she's received a "lot of sympathy" from EU officials, for her desire to keep Scotland in the bloc. Voters in Scotland strongly backed remaining in the EU in last week's referendum, but were outvoted by a majority in England and Wales who wanted to leave.
- Turkish officials meet in Brussels Thursday to begin negotiations on Turkey joining the EU.

Information pulled from EgyptAir Flight 804's data recorder suggests smoke may have been detected in a lavatory and the avionics bay in the moments before the doomed flight plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, the Egyptian government said. Experts say the smoke alerts indicate that the plane, an Airbus A320 carrying 66 people from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport to Cairo International, likely suffered an electrical fire.

A jury has found a Wisconsin mom accused of sending Facebook messages before a deadly crash not guilty on all counts. Kari Milberg faced three counts of vehicular homicide for the deaths of her 11-year-old daughter and two five-year-old nieces. All testimony and closing arguments wrapped up in just the third day of the trial. The defense elected not to call any witnesses of their own. In December 2013, Milberg crashed her SUV while driving along Highway 35 near Prescott. Investigators pointed to Facebook records that show she was sending messages on her phone at the same time of the crash.

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli teenager to death in her bedroom in the West Bank early Thursday before he was shot dead, the Israeli army and a Jerusalem hospital said. The victim was Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, according to a spokeswoman for Jerusalem's Shaarei Zedek hospital. The military said an Israeli civilian security officer who arrived on the scene was stabbed. The assailant was killed, the army said.

A dapper thief who's been targeting banks across Manhattan has been tied to four more robberies since police last released images of him, and still remains at large, police said. The thief, who has now been connected to at least six robberies in New York City, has worn a striking outfit ranging from a jauntily tied scarf and hipster beanie to a bike helmet and rain jacket.

The USDA is raising awareness about the risks of food poisoning ahead of this weekend's Fourth of July holiday where more than 81 million Americans are expected to participate in a BBQ. 

Diet Pepsi made with aspartame is returning to shelves in the U.S. this September after PepsiCo saw sales plummet following its reformulation of the drink last summer to remove the artificial sweetener.

Months after such a big deal was made about diversity and the Oscars, the Academy has invited its first batch of new members. The Academy highlights that 41 percent of the new class are people of color, and 46 percent of the new class are women. Names include Idris Elba, Anthony Anderson, Vivica Fox, America Ferrera and Ice Cube. The total membership goes from 92 percent white to 89 percent, and 25 percent female to 27 percent. 

Turkey's prime minister says all signs point to an ISIS attack.Three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the terminal at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 36 people and injuring 147 according to Turkish officials.  Turkey's President... noting the attack comes during Ramadan... said in a statement "terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values."  Istanbul Ataturk Airport has re-opened following the attacks earlier on Tuesday.

Major US airports, including San Francisco, Atlanta and the three New York City area airports, have signaled they're beefing up security after the Istanbul airport attack. Senior US official to ABC News the US has cleared air traffic from the US to Istanbul to resume.

Dubbed the Three Amigos summit, President Obama, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto meet in Ottawa for the North American Leaders Summit...They'll talk energy policy, security and trade, and later hold a trilateral news conference. President Obama will later address Canada's Parliament.

- Thousands of protesters gathered in London Tuesday to voice their support of the United Kingdom staying in the European Union, despite Friday's unprecedented referendum voting for an exit. An event in Trafalgar Square, titled "Stand Together," had been canceled due to the extraordinary number of people who wished to attend. Protesters also gathered outside the House of Parliament to show solidarity with the European Union.
- U.S. markets rebounded Tuesday following a two day massive sell-off over Britain's uncertainty.  The Dow Jones rose 269 points and the Nasdaq was up 97 points.

No winner's for last night's 390 Mega Million jackpot. The fourth-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever -- was on the line for Tuesday night's drawing.

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--Speaking at a campaign event in St. Clairsville, Ohio, GOP candidate Donald Trump began his remarks by addressing the attack. "There is something going on that’s really, really bad,” Trump said. “Alright, it’s bad. And we better get smart. And we better get tough. Or we are not going to have much of a country left.” In a statement, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton declared that “all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.” “We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat,” Clinton said in the statement.
--Hillary Clinton says it's time to move on following Tuesday's House Republican report on the Benghazi terror attack.  Donald Trump tweets: Benghazi is just another Hillary Clinton failure.
--Trump and Clinton will be at opposite ends of the country...Trump campaigning in Bangor, Maine.. Clinton in San Francisco.

A Mexican judge temporarily blocks the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from heading to the U.S to face drug trafficking and homicide charges.

More trouble for Baylor University in Texas, where the mishandling of sexual assault allegations led to the demotion of President and Chancellor Ken Starr ad the firing of head football coach Art Briles. Three more women join a federal lawsuit against Baylor, accusing the school of doing nothing to help them after they reported being sexually assaulted on or near campus.

The House Select Committee's two-year investigation on Benghazi blames the Obama administration for security lapses that led to the deaths of four Americans.  The Republican report concluded that Clinton and other top State Department officials should have known that the Benghazi compound was not safe but there was no new evidence of any wrongdoing by the then Secretary of State.

The group Safe Kids Worldwide... has warnings for parents who think they know how to keep their kids safe around the pool or the surf.

July 18-- The Ohoopee Regional Library on Jackson Street in Vidalia invites kids to enjoy a puppet show by Taboo.  It's free at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 18th.  For info, call the library, 537-9283.

--There have been bitter exchanges in the European parliament during a debate on the UK's vote to leave the EU. Much of the anger was aimed at leading Leave campaigner, UKIP's Nigel Farage, who was booed and at one point accused of using "Nazi propaganda". But in his speech Mr Farage told parliament members "you as a political project are in denial". He said hardly any of them had ever done a proper job in their lives, or created one.
--The ratings agency Standard & Poor's is stripping the United Kingdom of its top credit grade, after last week's vote to leave the European Union.  Fitch Ratings also has downgraded the UK a notch. Markets took another tumble...after wiping out $974 Billion in value between Friday and Monday, it's the largest 2-day loss on record.  And the biggest S&P 500 2-day loss since August 24, 2015.

After touring flood damage in Greenbrier and Kanawha Counties, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said it will take an extended period for the Mountain State to recover.

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--Donald Trump taking some heat for remaining mum over the Supreme Court's abortion ruling.
--Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton came out swinging in their first campaign stop together.

The House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi is scheduled to release its final report Tuesday. This is the report produced by the Committee’s Republican majority. The Democrats on the Committee released their report Monday.

In the biggest abortion decision in 25 years, the Supreme Court voted 5 to 3 to overturn controversial restrictions on abortions in Texas ... saying they placed an undue burden on women's access to care.  Activists say that despite the high court ruling, some of the 20-plus clinics that closed statewide because of the law likely won't reopen.

U-S diplomats stationed in Moscow are complaining to their higher-ups... that the Russians are spying on them.  Secretary of State John Kerry has complained directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin... to knock it off.

A Los Angeles Federal judge approved a settlement ending a long-running copyright dispute..."Happy Birthday" is now public domain. Warner Chappell claimed rights to the song and now has agreed to pay back 14 million dollars in fees.

Pat Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach, has died, the Pat Summitt Foundation announced Tuesday morning. She was 64. Summitt stepped down as Tennessee's coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Even after stepping down, Summitt remained involved with the Lady Vols, holding the position of head coach emeritus. Summitt coached the Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach.

Flash flood warnings are up for 22 counties in West Virginia, still reeling from flooding blamed for at least 25 deaths.

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--Signs his missteps are costing him: Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by 12 percentage points in the latest polling by ABC News and the Washington Post.
--Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are set to hit the campaign trail as a team in Ohio, amid speculation that the Massachusetts senator is on Clinton’s short-list of vice presidential contenders under consideration.
--Trump campaign chairman and chief strategist Paul Manafort sent his first Trump fundraising email Sunday night with a focus on Trump's first week of fundraising since sending his first email last Tuesday. It also attacks Hillary Clinton's "disastrous record" and "dangerous agenda." 

World markets on edge...days after voters opted out of the European Union.  The shocking vote has put the country in political turmoil The leader of Scotland...which voted to threatening to block Britain's exit from the EU. Several European leaders stepped up the pressure on Britain to begin its complex exit from the 28-nation EU immediately, rather than wait several months as British Prime Minister David Cameron prefers.

Seven people were stabbed as protestors and counter-protestors clashed at a right wing extremist rally outside the Capitol building in Sacramento Sunday.  Riot police stepped in to stop kicking and rock throwing.

The Supreme Court only has one scheduled day left this term, and that means the justices are expected to hand down opinions in the remaining cases on Monday. Those include cases on abortion, government corruption and a ban on gun ownership by individuals convicted of domestic violence offenses.

The wildfire in central California has burned 200 homes and has claimed at least two lives. Officials warn the death toll may rise. Cadaver dogs were being brought in Sunday to search for remains.

--Celebrations of gay pride around the country were tempered by the raw memory of the Orlando nightclub massacre of June 12. Some wounded remain hospitalized.
--Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.

Suicide rates have decreased 28% since a peak in 1990, but suicide remains the second leading cause of death in teenagers, according to a new report. Risk factors include:  bullying, sexual orientation, access to guns at home and mood changes. A fascinating new association: "pathologic" internet use (self-reported daily Internet use exceeding five hours). The report found that although adolescent girls were two times more likely to attempt suicide, boys were three times as likely to actually complete suicide. 

It's the second hearing since Prince died in April. He left behind a sister and at least five half-siblings. So far a total of 15 potential heirs have come forward to claim he was related to them.

For a second week, the animated feature "Finding Dory" was tops at the box office, taking in an estimated 73.2 million dollars this weekend.

--Voters in the UK have chosen to "leave" the European Union. With 52 percent, voters decided it was time for Britain to exit. Turnout was also strong with 72 percent of voters casting a ballot.
--David Cameron announced he is stepping down as prime minister, effective from October.  “I'm very proud and very honored to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years. I believe we've made great steps, with more people in work than ever before in our history, with reforms to welfare and education, increasing people's life chances, building a bigger and stronger society, keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world and enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their sexuality, but above all restoring Britain's economic strength.” “I love this country…and will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed. “
--Donald Trump has said it is a "great thing" that the people of the UK have "taken back their country" in voting to leave the EU as he touched down at his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland.

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- Donald Trump arrives in Scotland to 'celebrate' the reopening of his newly renovated Trump Turnberry hotel.
Hillary Clinton, who has pledged throughout her campaign to take on immigration reform in her first 100 days as president, called Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling “heartbreaking” and “unacceptable.” 

No gun control vote resulted from the 26-hour long sit in conducted by Democratic members of Congress Wednesday into Thursday. Outraged over Washington's inaction in preventing assault weapons from finding their way into the hands of terrorists - Democratic members of the House of Representatives occupied the chamber floor - attempting to force a vote on the matter.

President Obama is in California's Silicon Vallley.  The President will deliver remarks and participate in a discussion with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneurs at Stanford University’s Stanford Memorial Auditorium. Aftwards, Mr. Obama participates in a Google Portal virtual conversation with entrepreneurs. 
- (HFR 12AM 6/24) The Obama Administration is rolling out a series of announcements on education and jobs programs Friday to help those getting out of prison resettle into their communities.

- Multiple emergency workers in West Virginia spent Thursday evening trying to find a toddler who they believe was swept away by floodwaters in Ravenswood.  Dispatchers said a toddler between 2 and 4 years old was swept away by high water about 4:30 Thursday afternoon.  Crews with three fire departments and law enforcement searched the area.  The search has been suspended for the night and will resume in the morning.  -- West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency for Nicholas County and Greenbrier County, adding that mudslides, rockslides and flooding caused by the severe storms has damaged homes, businesses roads and bridges. 

A Utah militia group leader with ties to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been arrested and charged with attempting to blow up a rural, federally-owned cabin in Arizona, federal authorities said Thursday. An FBI agent said in charging documents that William Keebler, 57, was planning to retaliate against the federal government that he felt was harassing people and imposing overreaching grazing restrictions on ranchers. Authorities say undercover FBI employees followed Keebler as he planned to set off an explosive outside a U.S. Bureau of Land Management cabin in the northern Arizona area of Mt. Trumbull. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

50-60 homes have been lost to a wildfire in California's Kern County. Fire officials say the Erskine Fire is estimated 2000 acres in size. 0% contained. 

Still no convictions in the death of Freddie Gray - a judge declaring Officer Caesar Goodson not guilty of all charges. Goodson drove the van where Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury last year. Legal experts say the acquittal means it will likely be difficult for prosecutors to succeed in any of the other trials against the remaining officers should this judge continue in those cases.

Late Thursday afternoon, police in Chicago were tipped by Dublin authorities that Dublin police got a call from Sinead O’Connor saying that she was going to jump off a bridge in Chicago. Chicago Police put out an all call and started searching bridges - did not find O’Connor anywhere.

Bluegrass music legend and three-time Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley died Thursday at the age of 89, his rep confirmed to ABC News. Grandson Nathan Stanley broke the news on Facebook noting that his grandfather “went peacefully in his sleep [after] a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”  Stanley found a legion of new fans through his work on the 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, and earning a Grammy for best male country vocal performance for the song “O Death.”

Led Zeppelin has beaten a lawsuit claiming that the iconic guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" was copied from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus."

The first two picks in the NBA draft Thursday night went as planned when the Philadelphia 76ers selected Ben Simmons from Louisiana State University with the No. 1 pick.  The Los Angeles Lakers held form in most mock drafts, by picking Duke’s Brandon Ingram.  

More than 1.6 million people are expected to attend New York City’s annual Gay Pride parade on Sunday. Anticipating the largest pride parade New York City has seen since the event's inception in 1970, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that although there was no specific threat made, the city nonetheless will take extra precautions. 



"By sitting down, by sitting in, you're standing up!" Shutting down the House, Democrats led by John Lewis staged a marathon sit-in to demand a vote on gun legislation. The rare move began at about 11:25am ET Wednesday. House Republicans cut off the TV feed of the House floor, so Democrats began broadcasting themselves on their cellphones. By day's end more than 160 House Democrats and more than 30 Senate Democrats participated. House Speaker Paul Ryan calls the sit-in a publicity stunt.

Baltimore braces for the verdict in the bench trial of officer Caesar Goodson, to be announced at 10 a.m. Goodson is charged with second degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray.

Violent weather was the worry for parts of the Midwest...storms packing large hail and wind up to 70 miles an hour were possible for the Chicago area.

The Supreme Court has eight cases left to decide before the end of June, including high stakes issues like abortion and affirmative action. One or more of those key decisions could be announced in the day ahead.

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--Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton a "world class liar."  Clinton tells supporters in North Carolina Trump resorts to personal attacks because he has "nothing to say" on the issues.
--Trump visits Scotland to 'celebrate' the reopening of his newly renovated Trump Turnberry hotel.

A monumental move is before voters in the United Kingdom: whether to leave or stay in the European Union. Voters go to the polls for a referendum on the possible exit dubbed Brexit.

According to the RNC,  I-T staffer Bryan Pagliano invoked the fifth amendment 125 times Wednesday during his deposition in a freedom-of-information lawsuit concerning Hillary Clinton’s email.  The deposition was recorded and the transcript is expected to be released Thursday.

More than a week after the shooting in Orlando, Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for support of local businesses near the Pulse Nightclub ... that have lost revenue as a result of the shooting.

A new study shows that good protection doesn’t always extend across the front seat. The Institute conducted 40 mph passenger-side small overlap tests on seven small SUVs with good driver-side small overlap ratings. Only one of the vehicles, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, performed at a level corresponding to a good rating, and the others ran the gamut from poor to acceptable. 

Violent weather in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. A possible tornado with hurricane force winds  brought down trees and power lines in Cape May County, New Jersey, and put 30-thousand homes in the dark.

Police in Colorado say as many as 60 handguns and rifles were stolen in the burglaries of stores in Littleton Colorado.

Jurors continue deliberating in the Stairway To Heaven copyright trial in Los Angeles.

More than a million people are believed to have turned out for the Cleveland Cavaliers' parade and rally. But there was trouble just after the rally ended. A shooting left a woman with 2 gunshot wounds. A suspect is in custody.

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--Donald Trump is expected to come out swinging in the day ahead, after Hillary Clinton went on the attack on Trump's economic credentials, arguing "We can't let him bankrupt America like we are one of his failed casinos."  Trump tells ABC's David Muir: "She has a bad temperament. She would do so badly with the economy."
--Trump is launching a website: 
--Hillary Clinton visits Capitol Hill to meet with House Democrats. The presumptive nominee has the support of President Obama and party leaders but it's the first time she meets with many of the rank and file Democratic members of Congress.

Senators from both sides of the aisle coming together on Capitol Hill Tuesday to promote their latest attempt at bipartisan gun control. The new proposal from Republican Senator Susan Collins  would bar both people on the no-fly list as well as people who are required to go through extensive extra screening before they board a plane from getting firearms.  Republican leaders insist Democrats are grandstanding, and the White House is not focusing enough on fighting ISIS.

--More details emerging about what the wife of Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen may have known the night of the Pulse nightclub attack. Noor Salman is said to have told investigators more about the night of the massacre - a source telling ABC News, that she saw her husband leaving the house with a bag of guns. Also describing her attempt to stop him from leaving, saying she was quote - concerned.
--Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the scene of the Orlando nightclub shooting Tuesday.  The nation's top prosecutor declined to give insight into the investigation or the possible motives of the shooter.

An Alaska Airlines flight from Portland to Anchorage was diverted to Seattle Tuesday after a man was accused of having unwanted contact with a 16-year-old girl next to him on the plane. The 23-year-old man was arrested upon landing, after he allegedly kissed a sleeping 16-year-old girl sitting next to him on the flight. It's the second time in less than a week this type of incident happened on a plane. On June 15th, the FBI arrested a 26 year-old on one count of abusive contact when his plane touched down in Portland for contact with a 16 yer-old unaccompanied minor.

A suspected homegrown ISIS sympathizer is in custody after police raided an an apartment in Brownsburg, Indiana.   The FBI had been tracking a US citizen, Akram Musleh for a while - they say while in high school he posted videos of terrorists Anwar al-Awlaki on his YouTube page, and tried recruiting others to ISIS over the last two years. 

Michigan's Attorney General has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to announce a civil lawsuit in the investigation into Flint's water crisis.

Violent weather in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. A possible tornado with hurricane force winds  brought down trees and power lines in Cape May County, New Jersey, and put 30-thousand homes in the dark.

Two wildfires burning outside Los Angeles have officials forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes. More than 5-thousand acres burned so far.

The US military says North Korea launched two intermediate range ballistic missiles...the missiles were tracked as they fell into the Sea of Japan.

Did members of Led Zeppelin steal some guitar chords for the famous opening of "Stairway to Heaven?"  It's the question in a copyright infringement case that's almost over.

A party five decades in the making, kicks off this morning in Cleveland as the city celebrates the Cavaliers' NBA championship with a parade and rally. 

VOTE 2016
Both parties' presumptive candidates managed to make headlines Monday despite having no campaign events. In response to four gun control amendments failing in the Senate, Hillary Clinton's campaign released a statement simply saying, "Enough," followed by a list with the names of all 49 Orlando club massacre victims. Donald Trump's fired campaign manager, Corey Lewandowsi, spoke to several news outlets throughout the day. Mr. Trump discussed the firing and his comments about the Orlando shooting on "The O'Reilly Factor". We also learned details on an incident at a Trump rally this weekend in Las Vegas outside which a man was arrested for trying to grab an officer's gun, telling authorities he wanted to kill the GOP candidate.

The Senate voting down four measures tonight (Monday) to reform the background check system. Republicans and Democrats had very different proposals. Both parties put forth measures attempting to keep suspected terrorists from purchasing guns. In addition, Democrats wanted to close the so-called "gun-show loophole", and require background checks at gun shows and on internet sales. Republicans put forward a bill supported by the NRA and sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley that would have increased resources for prosecutors of gun law violations. Similar measures by both sides were voted on and failed after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2013 -- both failing again.

The nation's highest court decided Monday not to hear a challenge to sweeping gun control measures passed in Connecticut in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. This refusal to take up the gun regulation case was not a shock. Previously, the court declined to review other local gun restrictions in many states; including California, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

A man claiming to have been kidnapped and forced to wear an explosives belt called police in Brussels Tuesday. Police arrested the man at a shopping center and determined the belt contained "salt and biscuits."  A statement from the prosecutor's office says the suspect has a history of petty crimes and psychiatric issues.

--Attorney General Loretta Lynch heads to Orlando to meet with victims and first responders.
--More funerals Monday as the DOJ takes heat for releasing redacted 911 transcripts. The department later released the full transcripts.

Seventeen large wildfires are burning in 8 western states including Alaska.  Erratic winds and record hot temps are feeding the fires in California.  Palm Spring reached 122 degrees, missing an all-time hottest temperature by 1 degree. Los Angeles hit a high of 101 degrees. Overall, dozens of records fell yesterday in 4 states. Two new fires burning outside Los Angeles are only 17 miles apart. They're burning in the San Gabriel Mountains into the Angeles National Forest. Two huge plumes of gray smoke are merging into one in the backdrop of downtown L.A.

Authorities in Colorado released 911 audio of the father of a five-year-old boy attacked last week by a mountain lion. The boy's mother managed to pry the boy from the lion's jaws, both receiving injuries. The father called 911 while racing to the hospital. The family released a statement Monday saying the little guy is healing well.

Vice President Joe Biden heads to Ireland Tuesday, reportedly for bilateral meetings with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and to visit County Mayo, County Louth, and Ballina with his family.

--A week after the Orlando nightclub massacre, a candlelight vigil for the 49 victims was held Sunday evening, featuring community members and officials, including Orlando's mayor Buddy Dyer and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
--In an exclusive interview with ABC News one special ed teacher who taught Omar Mateen's widow in middle school,  says Salman Noor could not have helped Mateen plot the attack
--Attorney General Loretta Lynch will head to Orlando Tuesday for an in-person briefing on the investigation.

Temps as high as 120 degrees have been baking parts of the Southwest. Four deaths are blamed on the extreme heat. At least one flight from Houston to Phoenix had to turn around while trying to land in Phoenix - the captain said because the runway was too hot to land.  He was worried the plane's tires might explode. 

--The Senate holds four more votes Monday on gun control measures. Both sides are resigned to the likelihood that neither the Democrats’ two proposals nor Republicans’ two will get the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate, so they are already laying the groundwork for a legislative Plan B after those proposals fail.
--Contradicting statements from the NRA and the candidate it supports. Donald Trump says people in the Pulse nightclub should have been armed, to take out gunman Omar Mateen, but NRA legislative rep Chris Cox says "No one thinks that people should go in a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms. That defies common sense, it also defies the law."

VOTE 2016
- Donald Trump is veering from his party on how to prevent future terror attacks. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee tells ABC's Jonathan Karl: "We have to make sure that people that are terrorists or have even an inclination toward terrorism cannot buy weapons, guns."  A position he's now discussing with the NRA.
Trump also says if more people had been armed in the Pulse nightclub, more lives might have been saved
-Vice President Biden has mostly stayed away from the campaign trail since announcing he wouldn’t be in the race last year.  But Biden is set to go after Donald Trump according to excerpts from a speech he’s set to give Monday. While he doesn’t use Trump’s name, the excerpts show Biden hit Trump for having the “attitude and insecurity of a bully.”
- The Clintons spent Father's Day tweeting a picture of their new family member: Aiden; newest grandson to Bill and Hillary.

Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers are celebrating...the Cavs became the only team ever to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals
. It's the first title for the City of Cleveland in more than 50 years.

A private company's re-usable rocket takes a fourth trip into sub-orbital space...and lands again in West Texas.  Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket up,  with a crew capsule attached Sunday. Both rocket and unmanned capsule came back to earth...the rocket guided by rockets, the unmanned capsule by parachutes... Controllers pushed the envelope,  intentionally failing one of the 3 parachutes to see if the capsule could still land safely.

Officials in New Mexico have euthanized a female black bear after they say it attacked a woman running a marathon in a national preserve this weekend. The runner encountered the animal part of the way through the race on Saturday afternoon - and authorities say it seems she surprised the mother bear after her cub ran up a nearby tree. Officials say the victim suffered bites and scratches to her upper body and head.

The UN warns of a brewing humanitarian disaster, as more than 84-thousand people have fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah in just a few days, to escape the battle with ISIS.

A daring rescue mission to the bottom of the world... to rescue a sick member of an American research center at the South Pole.  Two turboprop planes have been dispatched by a Canadian company to fly from Calgary to Chile... and one will make the dangerous flight in 24-hour darkness to the Amundsen-Scott Research station in Antarctica.

Hospital shootout. Officers traded gunfire with heavily armed men who had stormed a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to free a suspected drug trafficker. A patient was killed, and a nurse and off-duty policeman were wounded.

Early Monday morning, lawyer Virginia Raggi introduced herself as the first female mayor of Rome, after Sunday's vote.

Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. The win marks Johnson's first major title. He finished 4-under.

Anton Yelchin -- who played Mister Chekov in the latest "Star Trek" film series -- was killed in a freak accident. Police in Los Angeles say he was hit by his own car as it rolled backward down his driveway. Yelchin will be seen again as Chekov in "Star Trek Beyond" -- opening next month. Anton Yelchin was just 27.

Finding Dory, about a forgetful fish, just scored the biggest opening ever for an animated film - an estimated $136.2 million at the weekedn box office. The Disney/Pixar sequel to Finding Nemo beat the previous best, Shrek The Third, but about$ 15 million. In 2nd, the action comedy Central Intelligence opened to a strong estimated $34.5 million. The Conjuring 2 came in 3rd. 

--For a 10th time in his presidency, President Obama has visited a community victimized by a mass shooting.  He and Vice President Biden met with some of those impacted by the Orlando nightclub massacre. "They asked why does this keep happening. And they pleaded that we do more to stop the carnage."
--The owner of a Florida gun store said he tried to alert the FBI to a "very suspicious" man later identified as Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen after Mateen tried to buy body armor and bulk ammunition from the store.
--The gunman's wife has been cooperative but investigators have not yet been convinced she has been truthful. It's possible she could be charged with lying to the FBI.

A tone of partisanship and gridlock on Capitol Hill as Senators prepare to vote on as many as four gun control measures next week-two from each party. That includes a vote on whether individuals suspected of ties to terrorism should be able to buy guns.

--British Police are holding a 52-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of lawmaker Jo Cox.   It's not clear whether the attack was linked to next week's EU referendum, or whether she had been deliberately targeted. But a witness says the gunman shouted "Britain first!"
----Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, a survivor of gun violence, says she is "absolutely sickened" by the fatal attack on British Member of Parliament Jo Cox.

--Dozens of State Department employees signed and submitted a memo early this week urging the Obama administration to adopt a more aggressive stance against the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad, including the use of military force.
Russian aircraft conducted a series of airstrikes near al-Tanf against Syrian Counter-ISIL forces that included individuals who have received U.S. support. Russian aircraft have not been active in this area of Southern Syria for some time, and there were no Syrian regime or Russian ground forces in the vicinity. Russia’s latest actions raise serious concern about Russian intentions.  

VOTE 2016
--Bernie Sanders did not formally bow out of the race, but tells supporters in a live stream Thursday night: "The political revolution must continue into the future."   Sanders says the focus must be on defeating Donald Trump, and  "I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time."
--Trump tells a Dallas audience of Sanders: "He doesn't give up. We could have used a guy like that four years ago."

--Beaches at Disney parks remained closed after the death of a two-year-old Nebraska boy - dragged away by an alligator Tuesday night. Disney says it is reviewing its signage policies - which do not currently include warnings about alligators. A 'no swimming' sign was posted near the beach at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
-- A statement from the Graves family says "Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son."

Philadelphia's mayor says his city is ready for lawsuits from the beverage industry...after the city council voted to make Philly the first major American city with a tax on soda. The city aims to raise an estimated 90-million dollars a year from a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages, and use the money for pre-kindergarten, community schools and rec centers. The beverage industry fought the move, calling the tax "disriminatory and highly unpopular."

A wildfire has families out of their homes in Santa Barbara County, California. The flames have been unstoppable as they rage through brush that hasn't burned since 1955.

A sad reminder about the danger of leaving children in hot cars. In north Houston, a three-year-old child has died after being found in a vehicle outside a home Thursday.

The Cleveland Cavaliers
forced a Game 7 after defeating the Golden State Warriors at home last night in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Finally found... the body of 2-year-old Lane Graves...grabbed by an alligator as he waded in about a foot of water in the lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort. Authorities say the boy's body was found intact, and it's thought he was drowned by the reptile.

--As the first funerals of Sunday's nightclub massacre take place, the mayor of Orange County, Florida warns the community to "be prepared for a season of mourning" and offered help for the families of victims.
--President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in Orlando Thursday.
--The owner of a gun shop in Jensen Beach, Florida told ABC News that Omar Mateen tried to buy body armor and bulk ammunition from him, but he turned him down because he seemed, 'suspicious.' And the owner says he then notified authorities about his suspicions of Mateen, and that was at least 3 weeks before the shooting.
--Investigators are still developing what the FBI called a "complete picture" of the shooter and encouraged "anyone who had contact" with Omar Mateen to report it. 
--A Senate committee is asking the FBI to turn over its files on the gunman. Authorities also continue investigating Mateen's widow.
--Mateen was working as a security guard when he made a brief appearance in a documentary, about the BP oil spill.

Egyptian officials confirmed to ABC News that wreckage from that ill-fated EgyptAir plane, which left sixty six people dead, has been found.   The plane, which disappeared from radar and ultimately crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on its way from Paris to Cairo, has been missing for nearly a month.

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut began at 11:21am ET Wednesday...and it well early Thursday morning.  Sen. Murphy of Connecticut engaged in a talkathon on the Senate floor, to push for action on gun violence, especially military style weapons. Murphy finally ended his remarks after saying Senate leaders had agreed to hold a vote on gun restrictions.

VOTE 2016
Donald Trump has opposed any restrictions on gun sales, but tweeted he would meet with the NRA "about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns."  The NRA said in a statement it would be happy to meet with Trump, but the group's position has not changed. Hillary Clinton's message to Trump: "Welcome to the cause."

--A bipartisan group of dozens of House members was taking turns reading from the Stanford rape victim’s letter on the House floor Wednesday night.
--In a sharp rebuke, the DA of Santa Clara County says he has lost confidence in the ability of judge Aaron Persky to handle a case also about of an unconscious woman.

Going public....A day after her rapist was sentenced to five years in prison, a 21-year-old woman is speaking out about her ordeal, and urging other victims to stay strong.  At a news conference in the office of Attorney Gloria Allred, Shelby Pfeffer says...just as in the Stanford sexual assault case... her intoxication did not provide cover for her attacker's behavior.

The FBI says United flight 388 was in the air from Tampa to Denver when a 65-year-old passenger reclined her seat.  The 75-year-old man sitting behind her - who had already asked her once to keep her seat up -- became angry and hit her seat causing it to spring forward.  She claimed she had a whiplash kind of injury and was checked out by medics in Denver.  No charges filed.

A new report from the CDC sheds some light on the risk of Zika infection causing damage to babies. What they found was, in a large study in Columbia, done with the Colombian Ministry of Health, women who were infected with Zika in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy did not go on to have babies that were infected.

The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged ... at one-quarter to one-half percent ... and giving no indication of when the next hike might be.

- Noor Mateen, the 30-year-old wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, is being considered for possible criminal charges, officials say. A law enforcement official told ABC News that she may have known something about the incident in advance but claims she tried to talk him out of the assault. Noor Mateen was with her husband when he recently bought ammunition and a holster, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Authorities tell ABC News that Noor was not initially forthcoming with investigators, but she began to open up and cooperate after pressure from investigators. While inside Pulse, after the initial shooting, the shooter not only called 9-1-1 but also placed a call to someone else he knew.
- Omar Mateen's father Seddique Mateen tells ABC News his son was married for 3 1/2 years, and had a good marriage. The father says she was a good housewife and has no idea if she was involved. He does not think his son was gay. He said if he was gay, his wife would know. He says if his son was using gay dating apps or going to clubs it is likely because he was scouting a location for attack.
-  The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms that of the 49 victims, 20 have been released to a funeral home. 
- President Obama will travel to Florida Thursday to pay his respects to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. As he hosted members of Congress for a picnic on the South Lawn Tuesday night, the president again discussing the tragedy: "This has been a difficult week for America because all of us are still grieving for those who were lost in Orlando."

VOTE 2016
- Bernie Sanders met with Hillary Clinton Tuesday night in Washington after Clinton won the final Democratic primary in DC.  Both campaigns say the two candidates are committed to stopping Donald Trump.
- A House leadership aide confirms that Donald Trump will meet with the House Republican conference on July 7th.  House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Washington, announced the visit at Tuesday morning’s conference meeting.-House Speaker Paul Ryan stood by his criticism of Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigration Tuesday, saying it was against the country’s interests.  
- President Barack Obama strongly rejected calls from Donald Trump to label the Orlando shooting "radical Islamic terrorism," blasting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's proposals. 

An alligator dragged a 2-year-old child into the water Tuesday evening near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Rescuers were searching for the child and further details were not immediately available. ABC News has reached out to Disney for comment. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.  The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic.  The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies.

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen briefs reporters on a variety of economic issues following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.

The Dalai Lama meets with President Obama behind closed doors Wednesday at the White House.  The meeting is certain to anger China as they consider the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader a dangerous separatist.

Merrick Garland is scheduled to deliver the fifth-grade commencement speech for J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Washingotn Wednesday.  "If you can dream it, you can do it!" is the theme of the ceremony.  Garland has tutored two of the graduating fifth-graders for years.

Amarillo police say an armed Walmart employee likely upset for being passed over for a promotion took two people hostage before being shot and killed by officers inside the store.  The man was identified by police as 54-year-old Mohammad Moghaddam.   According to police, the incident began with one or two gunshots believed to be fired into the ceiling by the checkout area.  

Day one of the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright trial is over, but as as "we wind on down the road"...more testimony awaits.  Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were in court Tuesday as the jury was picked - several prospective members booted after admitting to being big Zeppelin fans. The claim is that "Stairway" ripped-off a song called "Taurus" by the band Spirit. The judge said the trial in Los Angeles should last 4-5 days.

An appeals court on Tuesday upheld "net neutrality" rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prohibit blocking, slowing and creating so-called paid “fast lanes” for online traffic. While the rules have already been in effect for a year, this cements the FCC's authority to regulate the internet more strictly, ensuring it remains a platform available to everyone.  

Authorities say the death toll has risen to five the day after in an abandoned two-story office building near downtown Los Angeles.   A city fire statement says two men and two women were found as firefighters searched the burned out building on Tuesday afternoon.  One man was declared dead at the scene while the blaze was still burning on Monday night.   The Fire Department says all five of the dead appeared to be homeless.  Police also said they took a suspected arsonist into custody.

A man who a police source says allegedly threatened to shoot up a mosque in North Seattle is in custody after a brief standoff.   The 37-year-old man walked out of his home and surrendered unarmed, a police source said.  A law enforcement source told KOMO News that a man who was barricaded inside a home had posted a comment on Facebook threatening to open fire inside the Idris Mosque in Northgate.

"It was one of the great honors of my life," said Wayne Gretzky, chosen as a pallbearer at Gordie Howe's funeral Wednesday.  The service for Mr. Hickey will be 11 a.m. ET at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

About 38% of U.S. adults are obese, and now the FDA has approved a new weight loss method that takes food out of your stomach.

Shanghai Disney Resort, the company's latest theme park venture since 2005, will have it's official VIP grand opening Wednesday.  Red carpet arrivals for the Opening Gala concert where 3000 guests are expected.   The park officially opens to the public on Thursday.

--Employees at the Pulse Club told ABC News overnight they recognized Omar Mateen as a regular.
--The city of Orlando has identified all 49 victims from last weekend’s shooting.
--President Obama travles to Orlando Thursday to pay his respects to victims' families, and to stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery.  The president says it appears that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was inspired by "extremist information" disseminated via the internet, but the massacre was not part of a larger plot.  The President convenes a National Security Council meeting on ISIS Tuesday morning and then delivers a statement to the press.
--FBI Director James Comey defended his agency’s earlier investigation of Omar Mateen, saying there’s nothing agents "should have done differently" in their 2013 and '14 interviews with Mateen, who killed 49 people Sunday morning at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  
--The owner of a gun store where the Orlando nightclub shooter bought his weapons says the gunman passed a full background check and that if he hadn't bought the guns from him, he would've purchased them somewhere else.  Ed Henson is the owner of the St. Lucie Shooting Center. He said Mateen legally purchased a long gun and a handgun about a week or so ago on the same day.
- Did the shooter target Disney?  The wife of Omar Mateen is now cooperating with FBI investigators and has provided key details about his activity before the deadly nightclub shooting, including how he may have scouted a number of alternate locations for his attack, such as Disney properties in the area, a senior counter-terrorism official told ABC News.  Disney, the parent company of ABC News, declined to comment on the purported prior threat, but said it has been increasing security measures “for some time.” 
--Vigils were held in Orlando, at the symbolic Stonewall Inn in Nwe York City and in hundreds of venues around the world on Monday to remember those who lost their lives in the attack and to spread a message of love and acceptance moving forward.

A moment of silence on the House floor for the Orlando victims was quickly followed by shouts of protest. Democratic lawmakers erupted on the House floor with loud criticism of House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders for leaving the nation's gun laws untouched. Some protested by leaving the House chamber during a moment of silence honoring the victims. Democrats yelled "Where's the bill?" and "No leadership!" Monday evening after Ryan held a moment of silence for 49 people killed at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday.

VOTE 2016
- Donald Trump vowed Monday to impose a broad ban on immigration from areas of the world with a history of terrorism and suggested some Muslims in the United States are turning a blind eye to unfolding plots, as he outlined an aggressive response to the deadly attack in Orlando.  On the campaign trail, Trump heads to Greensboro, North Carolina for a Tuesday rally.  He's revoked the press credentials from The Washington Post saying he felt they had inaccurate reporting.
- Hillary Clinton is pushing for tighter gun rules.  In her first rally since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee, Clinton blasted regulations that allowed a lone gunman to purchase weapons that he used to kill 49 people in Orlando over the weekend.  “We may have our disagreements about gun safety regulations, but we should all be able to agree on a few essential things,” Clinton said, speaking to a crowd gathered at the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center. “If the FBI is watching you for a suspected terrorist links, you shouldn't be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked.”  Clinton heads to Pittsburgh for an afternoon event.

A senior French police officer and his female companion were killed following an attack Monday evening by a knife-wielding man in a distant suburb of Paris, officials said. The attacker was also killed in the ensuing confrontation with police, while a three-year-old boy was rescued by officers.  The Islamic State's Amaq news agency cited an unnamed "source" as saying an IS fighter carried out the attack, but the extremist jihadist group has not officially claimed responsibility for the attack.

While this is an annual event marked by the World Health Organization, it is especially poignant this year as thousands line up to donate blood for the Orlando nightclub victims.   Some blood donation places are so busy that they are booking dates two weeks in advance.

Mourners paid tribute to the slain singer at a vigil held in her hometown of Evesham Township, New Jersey. Grimmie was shot and killed by a man while she was signing autographs after a show in Orlando Friday night. "The Voice's" Adam Levine has offered to pay for Grimmie's funeral.

The Cleveland Cavaliers push the NBA Finals to a Game 6 back on their homecourt.  The Cavs deafeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 in Oakland Monday night 112-97.  The Warriors were without one of their star players, Draymodn Green, who was suspended for the game.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Congress has approved his request for $28 Million in a funding shift to convert part-time Transportation Security Officers to full time officers for the busy travel season.

NATO's chief announced Monday that the alliance will agree this week to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland to boost their defenses against Russia.  Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, said alliance defense ministers will formally approve the deployment plan drafted by NATO military planners at a meeting that begins Tuesday in Brussels.  Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, four of NATO's members that feel most threatened by Russia, will each be reinforced by "a robust multinational battalion," Stoltenberg told a news conference.

The sentencing hearing for former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius continues in Pretoria, South Africa.  It began Monday and could last several days before the judge announces the sentence. The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years in jail, though a judge can reduce that sentence in some circumstances.

Egyptian officials probing the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 said Monday the plane veered off course before plunging into the sea, suggesting an abrupt in-flight explosion didn’t bring down the aircraft. 

The trial for the Baltimore police officer--who drove the van that transported 25-year old Freddie Gray continues following testimony from his colleague and medical experts. 

June 13--  Vidalia's new city pool plans, a July 4th Concert and Fireworks Show and bids to renovate the historic Pal Theater in downtown Vidalia are on the agenda for discussion Tuesday morning at 8:05 o'clock on the monthly radio program "Vidalia Today."

Vidalia City Manager Bill Torrance and Assistant City Manager Nick Overstreet are guests on the program which you can hear on NewsTalk WVOP, AM 970 and FM 105.3, Your Favorite 98Q, WTCQ 97.7fm and Sweet Onion Country 1017FM, WYUM.

If you have questions about the City of Vidalia government or its operations, call 537-9202 during the program Tuesday or email them in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Nightclub Massacre Terror in Orlando:
- The massacre at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday morning, has been described as a "domestic terror incident," with at least 50 dead and 53 injured, officials said, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Dozens of bodies now slowly being removed. President Obama calling it an act of terror and an act of hate. The shooter has been identified by officials as Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, a U.S.-born citizen with Afghani parents. After the shooting began, he called 911 to pledge his allegiance to ISIS, according to law enforcement officials.  Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the guns used in the Orlando attack were a .223 caliber AR type rifle and a Glock 17 9mm handgun.  The rifle round is a military-style NATO round and would be capable of penetration multiple with one shot.  The gunman's father tells ABC News his son was just a regular guy who went to work and took care of his family.  He never grew a beard oR showed any signs of being radicalized.  The shooter's ex-wife paints a picture that he was abusive. ISIS supporters have cheered the massacre online.
- The gay community held vigils around the country from New York's Stonewall Inn to the Gay's Men's Chorus singing "We Shall Overcome" outside the White House.  Marchers in LA's Gay Pride Parade held letters spelling "O-R-L-A-N-D-O."

VOTE 2016
-Donald Trump prompted outrage after saying that he "appreciate[s] the congrats for being right on Islamic terrorism" in light of the deadly massacre in an Orlando nightclub.  Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, was among those leading the online criticism of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, tweeting: "You're congratulating yourself because 50 people are dead this morning in a horrific tragedy?"  Meanwhile, Trump says he is changing the focus of his speech Monday at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire from his case against Clinton to "this terrorist attack, immigration and national security."
- Hillary Clinton called it an act of terror and hate, saying: "I join Americans in praying for the victims of the attack in Orlando."  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee also brought up the issue of guns in America: "We need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals."  President Obama was supposed to start campaigning with Hillary Clinton this week, but in the wake of Orlando, the President’s campaign debut will have to wait. “Because of the tragic attack in Orlando, the June 15 Hillary for America campaign event with President Obama will be postponed.”
- Bernie Sanders tweeted: "All Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific atrocity in Orlando."  Sanders said Sunday morning that he will likely meet with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday evening, the same day the Democratic Party’s nominating process officially comes to a close with the final primary in Washington, D.C.

The mourning continues for 22-year-old singer and former "The Voice" contestant Chritina Grimmie, who was shot dead while signing autographs after a show Friday night in Orlando. Her southern New Jersey home town to hold a candlelight vigil Monday night.  Orlando Police say the motive for the gunman is still unclear.

Egyptian investigators say time is running out in the search for the black boxes from an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 people on board.  In a statement Sunday, they say that searches by ships in the area will intensify, given that only around five days remain before the batteries of the flight's data and cockpit voice recorders expire and they stop emitting signals.   

Stanford University graduating students and women's rights advocates used the school's commencement ceremony Sunday as the backdrop to express anger over the six-month jail sentence given to former student Brock Turner for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius is at a sentencing hearing in for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The judge is expected to announce the sentence in several days. The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years in jail, though a judge can reduce it in some circumstances. It will be the second time Pistorius has been sentenced for the 2013 killing, following a judge's earlier ruling that he was guilty of the lesser charge of negligent homicide. An appeals court rejected that verdict.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Sunday night.

The Golden State Warriors try to win back-to-backs NBA titles Monday night in Oakland.  They have a three games to one lead hosting Game 5 of the finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But, they'll have to do it without Draymond Green.  The star forward was suspended after being assessed another flagrant foul.   Game time is 9pm ET on ABC.

"Hamilton" was the big winner at Sunday night's Tony Awards. But with 9 wins, the show came up short in taking the record 12 held by "The Producers."  The awards program was overshadowed by the Orlando nightclub shooting. Host James Corden opened the show with an emotional tribute of solidarity. 

The trial of Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson resumes today.  He's the van driver who carried Freddie Gray after his arrest last year.

OPIODS (HFR 6/13 11AM)
One in five patients who were prescribed opioids reported that they shared their medication with another person, according to a new survey from the Johns Hopkins-Bloomberg School of Public Health.



A memorial service for Muhammad Ali is scheduled for this afternoon  at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.  Eulogies will be given by former President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal.

NewsTalk WVOP, AM970 and FM105.3 will provide live anchored coverage of this event. 

ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor our coverage.  He will be joined by ABC News correspondent Ryan Burrow in Louisville and award-winning Muhammad Ali biographer Thomas Hauser.

--A morning procession past the neighborhood where Muhammad Ali grew up will begin the day the world says goodbye to "The Greatest." A  public funeral service at an arena in Louisville will include former President Bill Clinton, King Abdullah of Jordan, Actor Will Smith, and former opponents in the ring George Foreman and Larry Holmes. Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett will be there for President Obama, who will be attending his daughter's graduation.
--President Obama has posted a nine-minute online video from the White House about his memories of Muhammad Ali. 

VOTE 2016
--Shortly after meeting with Bernie Sanders, President Obama made public a video...recorded Tuesday...endorsing Hillary Clinton. The Sanders campaign says that it was "classy" of the White House to wait until after the meeting to make the announcement. Donald Trump tweeted that Obama "wants four more years of Obama -- but nobody else does!” Trump huddled with donors in NYC.
--Thursday night Vice President Biden offered what sounds like an endorsement: "whoever the next president is, and in my view, God willing, it'll be Secretary Clinton."
--Paul Ryan tells ABC News Donald Trump's remarks about the judge in the case against Trump University is "something that needed to be condemned."
--"A loud, nasty, thin skinned fraud" is how Sen. Elizabeth Warren characterized Trump in a speech Thursday night.

Vice President Biden joining the public outcry in response to the Stanford rape case - he penned an open letter to the victim praising her courage.

The issue of concealed weapons may end up before the Supreme Court, after a California ruling. By a 7-4 vote, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

Just released after spending 9 of his 23 years in prison for murders he did not commit, Davontae Sanford said "I'm not about to play the blame game. It's over. I'm out. That's all I really wanted was my freedom."

Three siblings, a sister and two brothers, were killed when their small plane crashed into a car near Houston's Hobby Airport. No one was inside the parked car. The NTSB is investigating.

The President says it's breaking his heart... his older daughter Malia... is graduating from high school Friday. The President said he'll be too emotional to give any remarks at the Sidwell Friends School graduation in D-C... he'll just be attending the ceremony... as a proud parent.

Two Israelis charged in the largest theft of customer data from an American bank arrived in New York today/Thursday to face criminal charges.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 shook Southern California early Friday morning. The quake was centered about 14 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs and hit just after 1 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Residents reported feeling shaking from the earthquake in San Diego, West Los Angeles, Riverside and Woodland Hills. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Andrea Arreola said. "At this point, we are just monitoring" the area, she said.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations kick off today with a thanksgiving service in St. Paul’s. This is the first of 3 days of celebrations – the Trooping of the Colour tomorrow and a huge open air picnic on the Mall on Sunday.  The Queen is not only the longest serving monarch in British history her majesty is also the eldest.  However, this is not her Majesty’s real birthday, that was in April but it is the real birthday of her husband of 69 years the Duke of Edinburgh 95th birthday.


VOTE 2016
--President Obama hosts Bernie Sanders at the White House. Sanders meets with congressional colleagues as well. His biggest supporters at the Capitol now call for party unity. "We have our nominee now," says Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.
--Donald Trump will be hosting a morning meeting at Trump Tower today that will include policy focused lobbyists from all different areas. Trump later meets with donors to his campaign campaign donors. 
--While sharing the stage with Vice President Biden Thursday night at the American Constitution Society’s Convention in DC, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to launch into her latest line of attack against Donald Trump – this time over his comments about Judge Curiel.

Captured on security video: two men in suits opening fire at a crowded market in Tel Aviv. Four people were killed before the suspects were captured. Police say the two men are from the same Palestinian family.

Multiple fire agencies are working to contain a growing wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona.  The fire was threatening structures and forced evacuations.

A 23-year-old man who was wrongly convicted of killing four people at age 14 has been released from prison near Detroit. A judge ordered the release of Davontae Sanford after the young man served nine years in prison for a crime that a professional hit man later took responsibility for. Sanford's family is expected to hold a news conference Thursday.

The California judge who handed down a 6-month sentence to Brock Turner after the former Stanford swimmer was convicted of sexual assault ... said to be receiving phone calls threatening him and his family.

The man accused of trying to kidnap a girl from a Citrus County store won't be getting out of jail anytime soon. A judge ordered Craig Bonello to be held without bond during a brief appearance Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, deputies say Bonello grabbed a 13-year-old girl inside the Dollar General store in Hernando. In a dramatic scene captured on surveillance video, the girl's mother fought back, swinging at Bonello and hanging on to her daughter until Bonello tried to run from the store.

Officials in Louisville say they'll report to police anyone caught trying to scalp tickets to Friday's memorial service for Muhammad Ali.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has fired three senior officials from the Phoenix VA Health Care System....for negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight ... according to a VA statement.

Bomber, fighter jet and drone strikes continue on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. The fighting there apparently takes no break for Ramadan.

Golden State was looking for a 3rd straight win in game 3 of the NBA finals against Cleveland, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

A woman from Cairns, Australia, used Siri to call an ambulance for her one-year-old daughter when she stopped breathing. Stacey Gleeson grabbed her iPhone and ran to the child's room to help her but dropped it as she turned on the light.  She shouted at the handset to activate Siri and told it to get the emergency services on speakerphone as she began CPR.  The child has made a full recovery.

June 8--  "Safe Kids Toombs County" reminds us that today is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day.

Parents urge action by automakers and U.S. DOT to protect every child in every vehicle

Safety organizations promote June 8th as National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day 

June 7, 2016 - On average once every nine days an innocent young child tragically dies due to heatstroke in a vehicle. As part of National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Day, grieving parents sent a letter to Anthony Foxx, secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT), and Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), calling for immediate action on this pervasive problem. 

The families insist on technology to help prevent parents and caregivers from unknowingly leaving children alone in vehicles and enduring a lifetime of pain, sorrow and grief. This cycle continues year after year as the auto industry refuses to add simple, existing driver-reminder technology to their vehicles, and Federal officials are not giving serious attention to Congressional directives to test available technologies.

The official start of summer, June 20, hasn't even arrived yet, and already this year nine children have died from heatstroke inside vehicles. That's a 225% increase compared to last year at the same time. "The worst thing any parent or caregiver can do is think that this could never happen to them or that they are not capable of unknowingly leaving their child behind," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of, the leading national nonprofit child safety organization working solely to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around motor vehicles.

"This can and does happen to the most loving, responsible and attentive parents; no one is immune," Fennell continued. Since 1990, more than 750 children have died in these preventable tragedies. An average of 37 children die needlessly every year from vehicular heatstroke.   

The Peabody family lost their daughter, Maya to heatstroke in October, 2008. The Peabody's are a perfect example of devoted, caring parents. They have been foster parents all the way up to the therapeutic level, adoptive parents, advocates for the under privileged and have raised numerous children who weren't their own. "I never thought this could happen to my family. My husband is a loving, responsible and doting father who goes far beyond expectations when it comes to keeping our children safe. If this can happen to him, it can happen to anyone. Technology is needed to make sure that no other child has to suffer the way that our sweet Maya did. Our family will never be the same." said Dawn Peabody of Phoenix, AZ.

Joan Claybrook, former NHTSA administrator also calls on Secretary Foxx to quickly initiate a rulemaking to require a safety standard that includes technology that alerts the driver if a child is inadvertently left behind. "Other lifesaving technologies to save children are now standard equipment on all vehicles. Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), trunk releases, rear view cameras in 2018, and safer power window switches are great examples where a deadly problem existed and a cost-effective solution was required by the government to make vehicles safer for children; and these advancements have saved countless lives."

"We encourage individuals in all communities to take action if you see a child alone in a vehicle. Try to find the driver of the vehicle, call 911 and if the child seems to be in imminent danger, break the window furthest away from the child to rescue them," stressed Amber Andreasen, director of The organization offers a small tool called resqme™, an all-in-one seatbelt cutter and window breaker that fits on your keychain.  The spring-loaded device is tapped on the corner of a car window and the glass is shattered. ( and their safety partners will post facts and safety tips throughout the day about how child vehicular heatstroke can be prevented. They are calling on the public and media outlets to join in to support this national effort. Facebook, Twitter users and others can find photos, graphics and posts to share at

Through the "Look Before You Lock" educational campaign, the first of its kind, has already distributed more than 750,000 safety information cards to birthing hospitals nationwide. This education campaign will continue, but at the same time technology is needed to prevent these tragedies.

For additional information, statistics and charts specific to child vehicular heat stroke visit


VOTE 2016
--Hillary Clinton was poised to officially declare a historic victory: becoming the first woman to achieve a  Presidential nomination. New Jersey goes to Trump and Clinton. Trump wins South Dakota's GOP race.
--Trump says to Sanders Super Delegates: "We welcome you with open arms."
--World News Anchor David Muir sat down for an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton
--A growing chorus of Republican lawmakers calls out Donald Trump for his remarks about the judge in a lawsuit against Trump University.

Authorities say there are fatalities in Kalamazoo, Michigan after a driver ran into a group of at least 8 bicyclists. A suspect is reportedly in custody.

New concern about a severe and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia. Federal health officials warning that cases of Legionnaires' disease have nearly quadrupled in the United States over a 15-year period.  That's raising concern about hotels, long term care facilities and hospitals not taking enough steps to ensure their water is clean...since the source of the infection is usually water systems.

Growing anger on social media after one of Stanford University's star swimmers... was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to just 6 months in jail.

President Obama will NOT attend Muhammad Ali's funeral in Louisville this Friday. He'll be attending a once in a lifetime family event - his daughter Malia's high school graduation.   He will send his senior adviser Valerie Jarret who knew Ali - she'll read a letter from the President and First lady at the ceremony.

A shocking discovery at Lake Hunter in central Florida Tuesday. Police found a body in a large alligator's mouth. Police say they were able to retrieve the body that appears to be an adult male. They don't know yet if the alligator killed the person.

VOTE 2016
--ABC News estimates Hillary Clinton has enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination. She becomes the first woman in history to do so in the run for President.  The Sanders campaign rejects the numbers. California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hold primaries in the day ahead.
--Are Donald Trump's racist comments racist?  GOP lawmakers offer some different reactions to Trump's remarks about the judge deliberating a lawsuit against Trump University.

Tropical storm Colin was dumping on the Florida gulf coast with 50 mile an hour winds.

Critics continue to speak out against a six-month jail sentence given to a former star on the Stanford swim team who's been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman on campus. Prosecutors are calling it a slap on the wrist, pointing out that with good behavior 20-year-old Brock Turner could be out in three months.

House Republicans on Tuesday will begin their rollout of their formal policy platform, after Speaker Paul Ryan became the last GOP leader to fall in line behind Donald Trump.  Ryan and other House Republicans will present the first part of their six-part agenda, dubbed “A Better Way,” to offer solutions to combat poverty.

Plans firmed up for the memorial service for Muhammad Ali.  All of the people who will carry Ali's casket are close friends and family, including former boxing heavyweight world champ Lennox Lewis and Hollywood actor Will Smith -- who played Ali in a bio-pic.

An interfaith service was held Sunday evening in Louisville, Kentucky to honor Muhammad Ali.  Ali's body arrived in his hometown aboard a chartered 737 Sunday afternoon. Commemorations and celebrations of Ali’s life culminate in a two-day memorial in Louisville Thursday and Friday. On Thursday there will be a private service for family. On Friday, “the world is invited” to say goodbye to Ali. There will be a procession through the city and a large interfaith memorial service at a sports arena featuring a eulogy from former President Clinton and remarks from Billy Crystal, Bryant Gumbel, Sen. Orrin Hatch and others.

VOTE 2016
--Trump doubles down on his assertion that a Mexican-American judge would show bias in the lawsuit against Trump University. Trump said a Muslim judge might also.  When Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell would not call Trump's comment's racist, Democratic leader Harry Reid called it "moral cowardice."
--The Democratic candidates are in the final push before Tuesday's contests and the end of the primary season.
--Puerto Rico's primary held the potential for putting Hillary Clinton over the top in the delegate count, but she would have had to get 85% of the vote to win all 60.
--David French, offered as a possible third party candidate to counter Donald Trump, says he will not run.

The third police trial in the death of Freddie Gray scheduled to begin in Baltimore. Van driver Caesar Goodson faces the most serious charges of the six, including second-degree murder. The last two trials ended in a mistrial and a not-guilty verdict.

An Ohio prosecutor is set to announce his decision on whether he will pursue charges against the family of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla exhibit, leading to the fatal shooting of an endangered gorilla. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turz) has scheduled a news conference today.

Evacuation orders were lifted for those forced to clear out because of a stubborn wildfire burning around Calabasas, California.

Justices expected to issue orders with several big cases due, including decisions on affirmative action, abortion, and immigration issues.  There are also several decision days left before the term ends – and the possibility to add more days, so a big ruling isn’t guaranteed Monday morning. But possible.

Tropical storm Colin has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, expected to dump on most of Florida, maybe up to 8 inches of rain.

As residents in waterlogged parts of Texas try to recover, stormy weather raked up into the mid-Atlantic states.

Sunday (June 5) marked 35 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented cases of AIDS.  A statement from President Obama reaffirms the administration's goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by the year 2030.

The collision of a passenger train and a freight train Sunday night in Belgium is said to have killed 3 and injured 40 others.

NPR confirms that longtime staff award-winning photographer David Gilkey was killed in Afghanistan. He was in a car in Helmand province with interpreter Zabihulla Tamanna when their car was hit with shell fire. Correspondent Tom Bowman and producer Monika Ev-sta-tieva were in another car and made it to safety unharmed.

Secretary of State Kerry and Treasury Secretary Lew in Beijing for economic dialogue talks with their Chinese counterparts.

Would U.S. teens be any slimmer if Katy Perry hawked kale and quinoa? New research doesn't prove a link, but its authors think music stars popular with teens may be contributing to the obesity epidemic by endorsing fatty fast food, snacks and soda.The study shows that 20 of the hottest teen-music heartthrobs have done TV ads or other promotions for products nutritionists consider unhealthy.

The Golden State Warriors won game two of the NBA finals with Cleveland. There was a moment of silence for Muhammad Ali before the game.

The president welcomes the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos to the White House.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" was tops at the box office this weekend, with a 35.3-million dollar debut.

VOTE 2016
--Protesters gathered outside of Donald Trump's rally clashed with his supporters after his speech in San Jose, California. It was an ugly scene as protesters attacked Trump supporters as they left the rally Thursday night. Police reported only a handful of arrests.
--The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced that he is backing Donald Trump. The Speaker said there's an "understanding" between him and the presumptive Republican nominee. Speaker Ryan had previously withheld his endorsement expressing reservations about Trump.
--Hillary Clinton kicks it up a notch in her attacks on Donald Trump, calling him "temperamentally unfit" and his policies "dangerously incomprehensible."
--Trump was expected to respond to Clinton's swipes at his Thursday evening rally in San Jose.
--Trump's attacks against the judge presiding over the civil fraud lawsuits against Trump University take a racist turn.

At least five soldiers were killed....and the search is on for 4 others... after their vehicle overturned in floodwaters near Fort Hood Texas. 3 other soldiers were rescued.

As slow-moving thunderstorms continue to soak parts of Texas - bringing record-breaking flood levels - officials are urging residents to stay off the roadways. With more rain expected into this weekend and flash flood warnings throughout the state - Governor Greg Abbott telling Texans - 'don't risk your life.'

The Chicago Police Department is getting ready to release as many as 50 videos of police shootings to the public. Police said they are trying to be transparent, but the videos could also upset the public - such as the one showing former CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Chicago teen Laquan McDonald 16 times. Now, under new policy, Chicago will release any videos of a police encounter within 60 days of the incident.

The May unemployment figures are released by the Labor Department.

After several weeks - officials in Minnesota have confirmed music legend Prince died from an accidental overdose of the powerful synthetic opioid, Fentanyl. The 57-year-old singer was found in an elevator at his estate in suburban Minneapolis on the morning of April 21st. As of now, authorities have yet to discuss how Prince came to be in possession of Fentanyl

"Made me feel so bad. I mean..I'm not a bad person," says one of the Canadian tourists who hoisted a baby bison into their SUV at Yellowstone last month...The bison was then rejected by its mother and had to be euthanized. The tourist family spoke in an exclusive interview with ABC's Good Morning America.

--One of the Navy's elite Blue Angel pilots... is dead after his plane crashed and burned outside Nashville. Officials say his F/A 18 fighter jet burst into flames in a field, downing power lines and causing some outages in local homes. The pilot... was out on a solo practice run... ahead of the weekend's Great Tennessee Air Show.
--An Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 went down in Colorado Springs just after a flyover at the Air Force Academy where President Obama was in attendance.  The pilot safely ejected and had a brief meeting with Mr. Obama less than an hour later.

A boat packed with roughly 300 refugees capsized in the Mediterranean south of Crete, Greek authorities told ABC News. In a massive search and rescue operation by the coastguard, 250 people have so far been saved. Five commercial ships, two Greek Coastguard vessels and a Greek air force plane are helping in the rescue effort, according to an official. It's unclear if there were any fatalities or serious injuries sustained.

The murder-suicide at UCLA is now a two-state investigation. Police say Mainak Sarkar left behind a "kill list" before gunning down professor William Klug. Also on that list -- The name of a second professor... who was off campus at the time... and a woman whose body was discovered Thursday -- with a gunshot wound -- inside her Minnesota home.
Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck says UCLA gunman Mainak Sarkar planned on killing two faculty members on Wednesday. Professor William Klug...and a second person, who was off campus at the time of the shooting

Two Texas juveniles, charged with an unthinkable crime of animal cruelty....shooting one llama in the neck and beheading another. It happened back in March. The two are being charged with felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor trespassing.

VOTE 2016
--The candidates will be in California, trying to rally support ahead of Tuesday's all-important primary.
--Hillary Clinton invoked the lawsuits against Trump University as she called Trump a "fraud" who's trying to scam Americans.  Trump's campaign posted a video featuring testimonials defending the now-defunct real estate program.
--Senate minority leader Harry Reid tells the AP it's time for Bernie Sanders to face reality and "do a little mathing." "Sometimes you just have to give up."

Authorities in Fort Bend County, Texas are warning residents of more dangerous flooding expected to hit the area southwest of Houston in the coming days. Slow-moving thunderstorms have already caused the Brazos River to swell to a record-high - leaving entire communities submerged. Officials say there have been hundreds of high-water rescues so far.  More rain is expected through the end of the week.

--A New Jersey hospital is treating a mother with Zika and her baby with the brain deformity it causes.   The baby girl was delivered prematurely at 35 weeks with microcephaly to a woman from Honduras who opted for better care in the United States. Doctors at Hackensack University Medical Center say it's too soon to say how long the mother will be treated and whether the baby will survive. 
--Medicaid can be used to cover mosquito repellent to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, federal regulators told state and private Medicaid officials in a letter.

Classes will resume Thursday at UCLA, a day after a deadly shooting that put the sprawling campus on lockdown. Authorities say two males were found shot dead, in an apparent murder-suicide. A possible suicide note was found.

A grand jury in Palm Beach County, Florida rules that the fatal shooting of a man on the side of the road last year was unjustified.  Corey Jones -- a musician -- had car trouble and was waiting for a tow truck in October ... when Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja pulled up.  Raja was not in uniform and was driving an unmarked van.  There was a verbal exchange ... then gunfire.  Raja has been charged with attempted first-degree murder ... and manslaughter by culpable negligence.


Two police officers in Fremont, California are recovering from injuries.  Few details released but police are saying it started with a traffic incident ... during which shots were fired.  The suspect fled on foot ... then shots were fired at a second location.  Police one officer was injured in each incident.

Anguish and fear are evident in the voice of the mother who called 911 last Saturday to report her 3-year-old had fallen into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Police have released the emergency calls.

Federal officials confirm that a surgical technologist accused of swapping needles to steal powerful drugs from a Denver hospital has tested positive for HIV.  The Justice Department says Rocky Allen was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on charges of tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit.

It's rematch of last year's Finals as the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship. The defending champion Warriors head into tonight's Game 1 after a tough series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lebron James is making his 6th straight appearance in the NBA Finals.

VOTE 2016
-- The California primary is just under one week away, but it’s crunch time for the candidates. Senator Bernie Sanders remains on the campaign trail in the Golden State, with several rallies scheduled Wednesday across Northern California. Hillary Clinton will be in Newark, New Jersey Wednesday before heading west to campaign in California.
-- Donald Trump shared how his veteran charity donations were dispersed Tuesday, all while slamming the media. He also complained about Trump University documents being unsealed, but said he will win the case. Angry veterans protested outside of Trump Tower during the news conference.
--A new poll by Quinnipiac University shows Clinton with a slight lead over Trump at 45 percent to 41 percent.

(From release) PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, June 1 in Elkhart, Indiana. It will follow with a town hall, produced by PBS NewsHour and moderated by Ifill, during which local residents will ask questions of the President. The one hour primetime special will air at 8pm EDT on PBS stations across the country. An excerpt will air earlier that evening on the PBS NewsHour.

The shooting death of an endangered silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday to rescue a toddler who had fallen into the enclosure has garnered national outrage from animal rights activists and citizens concerned about zoo safety. Prosecutors from Hamilton County, Ohio, said that the Cincinnati Police Department will look into the incident for possible criminal charges. "The incident at the Cincinnati Zoo involving the young child who fell into the gorilla enclosure is under investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said in a statement today.

In a quest for a healthier America, government officials are recommending processed food manufacturers and popular restaurants hold the salt. In new guidelines, HHS is recommending a more than 1000 mg/day sodium reduction over the next ten years. With most Americans consuming 50 percent more sodium than is recommended, these changes are expected to save a hundred thousand lives and create billions of dollars in health care savings.

General Mills issued a massive recall late Tuesday for its Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens flour. The flour may be linked to an E.coli outbreak across a number of states. The Centers for Disease Control thinks a batch of General Mills flower may have sickened nearly 40 people across 20 states. The company says half the people were infected with E.coli after cooking at home. The other half may have eaten raw dough or batter. General Mills says it has not found E.coli in the flour, but is voluntarily recalling and replacing it to be safe.

Forty thousand Verizon workers return to work Wednesday after a strike that lasted nearly seven weeks.

Family members of Dionisio Garza say the 25-year-old military veteran was troubled by his experiences while serving in Afghanistan. Garza's stepmother tells ABC News she things the young man suffered from PTSD and fell into a downward spiral. The family also says Garza moved to Texas because of the state's loose gun laws.

June is National Internet Safety Month. How do you stay one step ahead of cyber-thieves? We asked an expert.

Convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson could see decades of more prison time tacked on to his 38-year sentence. The former Illinois cop in prison for the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, has now been convicted by a jury of trying to hire an inmate to kill the state's attorney who put him behind bars. Jurors heard testimony over the last week from that fellow inmate, as well as conversations recorded using a wire. Peterson faces up to 60 more years in prison when he's sentenced in July.

In Baltimore, the city's police union is applauding efforts to improve police transport vans -- like the one that carried Freddie Gray. The union congratulated the city police department in a statement on changes that it says will make the transport vans safer for those arrested. Those changes include the removal of a middle partition, as well as cameras inside the van. In the statement the union says, "They will go a long way in preventing unanswered questions such as those that surround the death of Freddie Gray." Gray was not buckled in after he was taken into custody. He died one week later.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1.