On hand today to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, the American president wrote a passionate editorial urging British voters to stay in the EU. The U.S. president warned that a Brexit would significantly weaken Britain’s bond with the U.S. and hurt British dealings in trade talks. He also noted that the fight against terrorism is more effective if European allies “stick together.” Leave campaigners called Obama a hypocrite for expecting Britain to surrender sovereignty while the U.S. protects its own, as both sides prepare for the June 23 Brexit referendum — currently too close to call.
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A small town is reeling today after police found eight victims, several shot “execution-style,” in Piketon, Ohio. Victims include five adults and two children, and an eighth body was found elsewhere as investigators try to determine whether the shooter is among the dead. The crime scenes spread across three homes on Union Hill Road in the small village east of Cincinnati. While nearby schools in Peebles were briefly locked down after the discovery, authorities are investigating what they say is “not an active-shooter situation.”
They may be ready to roll … in a bad way. The automotive giant is conducting a worldwide recall of cars and SUVs because their gear shifters may be confusing to drivers. It’s feared that owners may exit their cars without placing them properly into “park.” Authorities say 41 injuries have already been linked to the issue. The affected vehicles include the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, as well as the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, with the move affecting 811,586 U.S. vehicles and 317,616 foreign ones.
They’ve driven a hard bargain. But while Uber has to pay through the nose to 385,000 California and Massachusetts workers, the class-action settlement means those employees will still be considered contractors — a huge win for the ride-hailing app. The drivers had been hoping to be classified as employees, meaning they’d be protected by labor laws and could unionize and draw benefits. Now Uber must get the deal approved, which isn’t a certainty: A similar settlement for Lyft drivers was rejected two weeks ago.
They’re getting warmer. Envoys from 167 nations are gathering in New York today to officially sign the climate deal hashed out in Paris late last year. Next they’ll all have to ratify the deal in their home countries, a much tougher task. The U.S. and China, who account for 40 percent of global emissions between them, plan to join this year, and the EU is expected to come on board later. The deal can’t take effect officially until 55 countries join, but insiders predict a start date in 2018.
Trolls have met their match. The pro-Clinton Super PAC Correct the Record has pledged $1 million to battle critics on Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter. The group announced that it had already “addressed” more than 5,000 individuals who made “negative attacks and false narratives” about the Democratic front-runner on social media. And because of a loophole in campaign finance laws, the PAC can communicate directly with Clinton’s team, giving them extra resources against a web of critics who may suddenly find their inboxes flooded with talking points.
Virginia governor uses executive power to let felons who’ve served their time to vote. (NYT)
Republican-run legislature.U.S. suicide rates hit 30-year high. (NYT)
Venezuela to begin regular power cuts to save energy. (BBC)
Trump: Bills regulating transgender bathroom use are unnecessary. (Reuters)
Tiger wearing leash and collar captured in Texas. (AJC)
Feeling presidential after a week of briefings? Prove it with the PDB quiz. (OZY)
He never meant to cause you any sorrow. But the Purple Rain legend died yesterday in Minnesota, breaking the hearts of fans worldwide. The news comes just a week after the Minneapolis native canceled two shows and was hospitalized with the flu, but his cause of death remains unknown. Prince sold more than 100 million records over the course of his four-decade career, redefining musical genres and pushing sexual boundaries, and he’s being remembered by colleagues like Tito Jackson as the “greatest to ever hit the stage.”
This won’t put your mind to rest. A new study revealed that on their first night in a sleep lab, participants’ slow-wave brain activity, which is associated with deep sleep, was greater in the right hemisphere than in the left. This suggests humans are like birds and marine mammals who only put half of their brain to sleep in order to guard against danger. Experts say this is why we feel tired after snoozing in unfamiliar surroundings, but there’s no way to prevent it. Coffee, anyone?
The algorithm is off. Google’s parent company missed earnings expectations and saw its shares dip around 5 percent, despite still pulling in revenue of $20.26 billion for the past quarter. The company’s cost-per-click earnings from advertising dropped another 9 percent compared to last year, and its ventures outside of Google are still struggling to take hold. Analysts expect the revenue to be made up in the sheer number of click increases as more users switch to mobile, but many worry about the future of projects like Nest if profits slump.
Location is everything. A study of bacterial footprints in nine identical offices across three urban areas found that samples in each city had unique regional properties. There were several common findings: Office floors are filthy and bacteria were mostly attached to dead human skin. But the real surprise was that the greatest difference in samples wasn’t from office to office, but rather from city to city, something computers in the study were able to predict with 85 percent accuracy. Now scientists can get to work on decoding each city’s microbial signature.
He’s armed and dangerous. The Chicago Cubs starter threw a no-hitter in a 16-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds — who hadn’t been no-hit in 35 years, giving them the longest streak in baseball before Arrieta ruined their record last night. The 30-year-old righty hasn’t lost a start since throwing his no-hitter in August against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and may be on his way to a second NL Cy Young Award. The Cubs will rematch against the Reds tonight.