FL CLUB SHOOTING
--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 LAWMAKER KILLED
--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.
--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."
FL GATOR DRAGS CHILD
--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."
PHILLY SODA TAX
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.
TX HOT CAR DEATH
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.