The fight is over. The three-time world heavyweight champ brashly declared he was “the greatest” and could “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” at a time when his local lunch counters wouldn’t serve him. He died Friday in Phoenix of septic shock after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. After boxing, Ali shared a “message of peace and inclusion with the world,” a family statement noted, ideals to be reflected Friday at a “celebration open to everyone” in his hometown of Louisville, where Bill Clinton will deliver the eulogy.
The Presidential Daily Brief
They knew how to score. Former heads of soccer’s international body, including Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner, paid themselves this whopping amount in rises and bonuses over a period of five years, lawyers say. The news comes just one day after a Swiss police raid at Fifa offices, where documents and electronic data were seized. Criminal investigations continue into Blatter and Valcke, and authorities say they’re now turning their attention to examining the newly seized materials.
The roller coaster continues. Hillary Clinton laid out her case that Donald Trump would be “dangerously incoherent” as president in her first major speech devoted to attacking his qualifications — to which Trump tweeted: “Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton!” Meanwhile, after weeks of withholding his endorsement, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he’ll be voting for the billionaire, solidifying party bosses’ support and leaving “Never Trump” Republicans leaderless. Later Thursday, violence erupted outside a California Trump rally, where protesters reportedly threw eggs and punches at his supporters.
They’ve been thrown a rope. The Greek coast guard says it’s rescued more than 300 people and collected three bodies so far after a ship about 75 nautical miles south of Crete spotted a sinking vessel loaded with hundreds of migrants. Warming weather has spurred more boats across the Mediterranean, and the U.N. estimates that more than 2,500 have already died this year trying to reach Europe. Ships and helicopters have converged on the capsizing boat, hoping to help dozens more migrants still struggling in the water.
After May, the deluge. Heavy rains and floods have swept across France, Belgium, Poland, Romania and Germany, leaving 15 dead and tens of thousands without power. French President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency and promised funds to hard-hit regions. With the Seine set to rise over 20 feet today, both the Louvre and Orsay museums have closed their doors as staff race to move priceless artworks from underground storage areas. Meanwhile, weekend weather forecasts point to more downpours.
Keep it gushing. While some struggling OPEC nations like Venezuela and Nigeria had floated the idea of capping production at this week’s meeting, they fell in line with the group, as Iran resisted caps that could dent its newly sanctionless economy and Saudi Arabia held firm that it won’t be stemming its output. The Brent crude benchmark has risen 80 percent since January’s low, now hovering around $50 a barrel. But OPEC’s peace may not last, as some anticipate Saudi Arabia upping production in order to pressure Iran.
Foreign ministers debate Israel-Palestine conflict at summit. (Al Jazeera)
Missing Japanese boy found alive after six days in forest. (The Guardian)
UCLA gunman had ‘kill list,’ is suspected in Minnesota murder. (LA Times)
Venezuela postpones presidential referendum. (BBC)
Feeling presidential after a week of briefings? Prove it with the PDB quiz. (OZY)
They call her Buffy the Bernie Slayer. Buffy Wicks, an OG Obama-ite who’s now Clinton’s California director, has a reputation as a skilled campaigner. Will that be enough to quell the surging support for Bernie Sanders, who has narrowed Clinton’s lead to just 2 points ahead of next week’s primary? Her grassroots acumen is unquestioned, even as the Sanders campaign throws all its resources at the Golden State. Yet the operative is already sharpening her stake for battles beyond Tuesday, with Donald Trump looming on the general election horizon.
Not everything is binary. The popular dating app’s CEO said Tinder will change its interface to allow people more gender options than just male and female for themselves and those they want to date. Sean Rad acknowledged that transgender users haven’t always had a “good experience.” A year ago, a person was banned from the app, in which users swipe through photos of potential mates, after a match reported her as trans. Tinder is consulting with advocacy groups on the unspecified filter changes, which will roll out in the coming months.
That’s far out, man. New evidence shows the universe is growing 5 to 9 percent faster than previously thought. Using Hubble Space Telescope data on the distances between remote galaxies, astronomers found higher numbers than they’d estimated based on the “afterglow” of the Big Bang. The suspected culprit is dark radiation, part of the invisible, little-understood dark sector that makes up about 95 percent of the universe. The difference may seem small, but it would double the distance between our galaxy and its closest neighbors within 10 billion years.
It was an accident. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has released a report revealing that the legendary singer succumbed to an overdose of the synthetic opiate fentanyl. Investigators spoke with a doctor who saw Prince twice in the weeks before his death, and a warrant revealed that he prescribed meds to the 57-year-old just before his April 21 collapse. It remains unclear what the pills were, or whether the star consumed them. Lawyers are still looking for a will, meanwhile, as the family begins the process of sorting out Prince’s estate.
Who needs the Splash Brothers? The Warriors got a mere 20 points combined from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the first game of the NBA finals, and it did not matter. The Golden State bench outscored Cleveland’s 45-10, with big numbers from backups Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa. Not to mention Andre Iguodala, who — undaunted by an accidental Matthew Dellavedova punch to the groin — locked down Cleveland megastar LeBron James in the 104-89 Game 1 triumph. The series continues on Sunday in Oakland.