FL CLUB SHOOTING
- 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."
- 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.
FL GATOR DRAGS CHILD
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.
TX WALMART STANDOFF
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.
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN TRIAL
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.
CA BUILDING FIRE
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.
WEIGHT LOSS DEVICE
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.