West Yorkshire is in shock. The mother-of-two and Labour MP for Batley and Spen was holding a public consultation when she was brutally and fatally attacked today. Witnesses describe seeing a man in a baseball cap shoot, stab and kick the politician that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn remembers as a “much loved colleague.” Police have arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with the violence, and while they begin to investigate a motive, the Brexit Remain and Leave campaigns have suspended campaigning in the wake of her murder.
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Will anything change this time? In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Republican nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump signaled a policy shift, saying he’d meet soon with the powerful National Rifle Association and urge it to support banning people on terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns. Democrats staged a rare “talking filibuster” for 14 hours Wednesday on the U.S. Senate floor to force a vote on two new gun control measures. While one senator tweeted that a vote has been secured, neither measure is considered likely to pass.
They found it just in time. Investigators only had a week before the black boxes aboard flight 804, which suddenly disappeared from radar screens en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19, would stop transmitting. But they’ve now managed to recover the “black box,” with its memory reportedly intact. It’s not clear if terrorism or technical fault caused the crash — no terrorist group has claimed responsibility — but today’s find may hold the answers.
The killer may already be in custody. Police have trapped and killed five alligators near the Disney resort where 2-year-old Lane Graves drowned after he was snatched by a giant reptile at the edge of a lagoon. A 16-hour search yielded the boy’s body, and now authorities are investigating whether any of the five captured animals were responsible. Florida has only recorded 23 alligator-related deaths since 1948, and this is the first at the Disney resort, which has closed its beaches as a precaution.
The whole world is waiting. With the yen soaring, the Bank of Japan followed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s lead and opted to hold steady at their meeting this week. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic plan failing to produce much growth, many hoped the central bank would take action — particularly since the yen’s been surging as global investors, worried by next week’s Brexit vote, flock to the relatively safe currency. July’s meeting — after Brexit and new elections for Japan’s upper house — will be the one to watch.
Impromptu Naval Battle Ensues Over Brexit, Canada’s Lawmakers Vote for Gender Neutral National Anthem
Rival Brexit campaigns clash on flotillas in River Thames. (USA Today)
Canadian legislature votes to make national anthem gender neutral. (Reuters)
France to deport leaders of Russian soccer fans. (BBC)
Dozens of refugees found dead in Niger desert. (Al Jazeera)
Oakland’s interim police chief fired within a week. (AP)
Grand jury to investigate Orlando shooter’s widow. (CNN)
Panda diplomacy, move over: This is mouse diplomacy. After 17 years of planning, Shanghai’s $5.5 billion Disneyland has finally opened to the public. It’s already seen a million visitors over weeks of beta testing, but opening day tickets were limited to 10,000. Though China already has a Disney park in Hong Kong — the smallest in the world — this is the first on the mainland. And where the mouse goes, others follow: About 60 new theme parks are expected to open in China by 2020, including a Six Flags.
Is this a house of cards? New startups are tracking approvals online, reducing processing fees and ditching mountains of paperwork in favor of a streamlined approach that’s seeing home-buyers borrow more while putting less down. The lenders raise funds for loans from private investors, circumventing big banks — often repackaging them and selling them back to other investors so they can issue more loans. Some experts warn that this may not be as safe as houses, and the industry may soon become home to even more regulation.
Bring on unlimited refills! The World Health Organization says a flood of studies over the last 25 years has shown that the perky morning beverage carries no cancer risk, and regular drinkers could see health benefits. It listed coffee as a possible carcinogen in 1991, citing a link to bladder cancer. But a review of 500 studies shows coffee, in fact, is connected with reduced risks of cancers of the liver, uterus, colon and rectum. But cool down: Cancer risks may rise when you drink anything hotter than 150 degrees.
What do you get the woman who already has an invisible plane? The Amazon warrior is enjoying a renaissance in her 75th year, stealing scenes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and finally getting a movie of her own next June. Meanwhile, DC Entertainment is launching a year-long celebration of the iconic superheroine. Wonderfans can read a relaunched comic series, lasso lots of new merchandise (including a special edition caped Barbie), and try to get a glimpse of a model invisible jet at San Diego’s Comic-Con next month.
It’s an intercontinental milestone. The Miami Marlins veteran smacked a ninth-inning double to reach 4,257 career hits with his combined MLB and Pacific League stats, topping Pete Rose’s record. But former Cincinnati Reds star Rose said he deserved to keep his crown because the Japanese league is inferior, though he praised Suzuki as a sure Hall of Famer. Suzuki, 42, said the combined-stats crown was “a weird situation” and not a goal. The outfielder is now just 21 shy of becoming the 30th player with 3,000 MLB hits.