GEORGE HW BUSH
Former President George HW Bush is back in Houston Methodist Hospital. We're told the 92-year-old former president was admitted over the weekend for what his office calls a "mild case of pneumonia." Mr. Bush was in the same hospital in January for treatment of a serious case of pneumonia. A statement from his office says he "is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength."
California police have arrested a man they believe shot and killed three people in three different locations Tuesday in Fresno, California. Officers witnessed Kori Ali Muhammad - born Kori McDonald - yell "Allah Akbar," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Tuesday afternoon, adding that he has written anti-government sentiments on social media as well as posts saying that he does not like white people. The murdered victims were white males. Later in the day, at a press conference Tuesday night, Dyer said he did not believe the murders were related to terrorism, adding that the shootings were "solely based on race," deeming it a hate crime.
OH FACEBOOK SHOOTING
A McDonald's worker in Erie Pennsylvania is getting praise for recognizing Facebook shooter Steve Stephens at the drive-thru window and tipping off authorities. The worker immediately called Pennsylvania state police, and after a short car chase, Stephens killed himself.... A violent end to the nearly 48-hour multi-state, manhunt for the man who randomly gunned down a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook.
A sentence of life in prison for a convicted terrorist in Florida. 26-year-old Harlem Suarez posted what federal prosecutors called "extremist rhetoric" on Facebook where he also promoted the Islamic State. At some point an FBI informant made contact with Suarez and heard him say he wanted to make a bomb using nails, a backpack and a cell phone detonator.
--Democrat Jon Ossoff led all candidates in a 17-way race to succeed Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price in Georgia's sixth congressional district, but fell short of receiving the necessary 50 percent to avoid a runoff in the race widely viewed as a mandate on President Donald Trump's first months in office. A first place finish for Ossoff was expected as Democrats in the traditionally red suburban Atlanta district heavily favored the 30-year-old first-time candidate, while Republicans spread their votes across 11 choices. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican, finished in second and will face Ossoff in the runoff on June 20.
--President Trump took some credit from being able to keep Ossoff from an outright victory tweeting, "Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!"
The president signs the Veterans Choice Program Extensions and Improvement Act – maintaining a program that allows veterans to seek other local treatment options when wait times their VA facilities get too long. The Senate passed the bill unanimously on April 3. He also welcomes the New England Patriots to the White House- the first sports champions he’s hosted. Some players have opted not to attend.
--From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons. Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key."
The FDA holds a public workshop Wednesday on how best to inform consumers that the batteries in their E-Cigarettes devices could explode in their faces.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
President Trump is set to host the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House on Wednesday, an event that brings together some of the most polarizing figures in both sports and politics. Trump is a longtime friend of the Patriots' quarterback, owner and head coach, so there will be plenty of smiles when they pose for commemorative photos at the White House. At least a half dozen team members are boycotting the event, though, with some saying they don't feel welcome so long as Trump is president.