Death already did them part. But Noor Salman, wife of the man who gunned down 49 people in Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse last weekend, may end up paying for her husband’s crimes. Salman reportedly told authorities that while she drove her husband to Pulse to scope it out, and was present when he bought ammunition, she tried to talk him out of his murderous plans. But sources say a grand jury has been convened, and Salman could be charged in connection with America’s worst ever mass shooting as soon as today.
The Presidential Daily Brief
He’s stepping up attacks on Vote Leave. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who opposes the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, says an exit could create a $42.8 billion chasm in public finances — and it would be up to U.K. taxpayers to make up the difference. Recent polls have shown voters beginning to swing toward choosing to leave in the June 23 referendum, a prospect that has put financial markets around the globe in a panic and that has economic experts forecasting recession and doom.
Authorities say they have recovered the toddler’s body. A Nebraska family was relaxing on the beach of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa yesterday when an alligator dragged their child from his wading spot, pulling him underwater. Alligator attacks are rare in Florida — they’ve only killed 22 people in the last 68 years. The boy’s father tried to save his son by wrestling the animal but was unsuccessful. Earlier today, Disney closed its resort-area beaches “out of an abundance of caution.”
Wreckage from EgyptAir flight that went down in Mediterranean found. (BBC)
Prosecutors seek 15 years for Olympian Oscar Pistorius. (DW)
Obama denounces Trump’s immigration rhetoric as “dangerous.” (NYT)
Tokyo governor quits over personal spending scandal. (Japan Today)
Federal Reserve expected to leave rates unchanged today. (WSJ) sub
Facebook to help France investigate murder broadcast on Facebook Live. (France 24)
Crime wave caused by avocado shortage roils New Zealand. (The Guardian)
Does the Christian right have a prayer … as the loudest voter demographic? This year they could have some almighty competition, because nonreligious voters are organizing in unprecedented numbers. Traditionally, the 25 percent of Americans who identify as unaffiliated, atheist or agnostic don’t show up at polls as often as the faithful. But with Trump and Sanders ducking devoutness to speak to both ends of the political spectrum, this year’s giving rise to a radical — and perhaps permanent — shift in the importance of religion to U.S. politics.
Delete your account. The American Diabetes Association gave hundreds, perhaps thousands, of conference attendees a look at data on new diabetes treatment Victoza before its public release — under condition that they not tweet about it. Naturally, tweets started flying within minutes, giving investors an early heads-up about the positive but somewhat underwhelming trial results. The drug’s manufacturer, Denmark’s Novo Nordsik A/S, took a $7.7 billion hit in the market on Tuesday as a result, and now the medical community is weighing whether information embargoes might be the cure.
It’s another grim milestone. A small rodent that lived on one island off the coast of Australia, the Bramble Cay melomys, has been declared extinct. Hundreds of the animals, also called mosaic-tailed rats, thrived on the island in 1978 — but rising seas have devastated 97 percent of their habitat. None have been spotted since 2009, leading biologists to finally close the book on the species. The rodent was likely the first mammal to be extinguished by climate change, and scientists warn that many more are at significant risk.
He might get the last laugh after all. “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned,’” says Larry David about his revival of the beloved HBO sitcom. Fans have been waiting since 2011 for its return — a big win for newly appointed programming chief Casey Bloys, who shared the news at the Banff World Media Festival. There’s no word yet on when it will hit American screens, but Bloys says he’s “thrilled” David’s returning and “can’t wait to see what he has planned.”
They’ll take the draw. Iceland came out aggressive from the opening minute, when Aron Gunnarsson took out Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo — perhaps the world’s finest soccer player — with a hard tackle. While the superstar later dismissed Iceland’s defense-heavy approach as showing a “small mentality,” it helped the underdogs keep Portugal at bay to produce a historic 1-1 draw. The final whistle spawned huge celebrations for the island nation that didn’t expect to even qualify for the Euro 2016 tournament. Both teams are back in action Saturday.