In a 7-2 decision, the country’s highest court has ruled a Colorado baker was exercising his constitutional right when he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. Still, the decision — described as a victory for religious freedom advocates — is not a broader ruling on businesses that refuse to serve gay customers on religious grounds. The Supreme Court found the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had expressed an anti-religious bias when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips.
The Presidential Daily Brief
It’s an executive power play. In January, President Donald Trump’s lawyers sent a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller asserting it’s impossible for the president to obstruct justice, and that Trump has unlimited power to pardon. Today, Trump tweeted he has the “absolute right” to do so, even though he’s “done nothing wrong.” Legal experts consider it an extraordinary interpretation of presidential powers, and one that would likely be decided by the courts. Meanwhile, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said yesterday the president is unlikely to do so because it would “probably lead to immediate impeachment.”
At least 62 were killed and hundreds injured as the Fuego volcano erupted yesterday, spewing a river of lava that engulfed the village of El Rodeo. It’s the second eruption of 2018 — and the deadliest since 1902 — for this volcano, one of the most active in Central America. Falling ash closed the airport in Guatemala City, 25 miles away, and thousands in the area have been evacuated. Many are still missing. President Jimmy Morales declared three days of national mourning, and El Salvador and Mexico say they’re standing by with aid.
U.S. officials and South Korean media have reported that three high-ranking officials have lost their posts — and while U.S. media couldn’t independently verify the reports, as is often the case with news from North Korea, it’s widely seen as a serious shake-up of leader Kim Jong Un’s inner circle. The changes represent a generational shift, with younger blood expected to be more open to negotiations with the U.S. and South Korea. That could be vital to next week’s scheduled summit between Kim and President Trump.
All those friends had benefits. A new report reveals that the social media giant, already in hot water over privacy issues, had data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device-makers like Apple, Blackberry and Samsung that gave them access to user data — and friends’ data — without explicit consent. That contravenes CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent promises about protecting data from third-party developers. Facebook has denied the partnerships are inappropriate, saying the situation is different and that its agreements with such companies have been winding down in recent months.
Know This: A nationalist anti-immigration party has come first in Slovenia’s parliamentary election. Melania Trump is expected to make her first public appearance today since early last month — an absence that sparked media speculation. And China is becoming the world’s scientific powerhouse, increasing the amount it spends on research and luring away the world’s experts.
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He went out with a bang. A man identified as an off-duty FBI agent was filmed dancing at the Mile High Spirits Distillery in Denver, Colorado, egged on by a cheering crowd — until he did a flip and dropped his gun, which shot a nearby man in the leg. The victim was hospitalized but is reportedly in good condition, and the agent hasn’t been named as he hasn’t been charged with a crime. Denver police are currently investigating the incident and may still decide to issue charges.
Alexander Gauland, co-leader of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, has drawn fierce criticism for trivializing the horrors of the Nazi regime after telling youth at a conference Saturday, “Hitler and the Nazis are just bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history.” The Holocaust and World War II killed more than 50 million people during the Nazis’ 12 years in power. Yesterday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier responded to Gauland’s comments — without naming him — saying they “reopen old wounds and foment hatred.”
Researchers say most women with a common form of early-stage breast cancer needn’t go through chemotherapy, according to a decade-long study being hailed as the largest-ever breast cancer treatment trial. Patients with an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence — identified through genetic testing — saw a 94 percent rate of survival from surgery and hormone therapy, whether they got chemo or not. Cancer care has been evolving away from chemotherapy in recent years, focusing instead on immunotherapy, hormone blockers and gene-targeting therapies.
“You took something horrific — instead of letting it stop you, you started a movement.” So said the Tonight Show host to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s first graduating class since the February shooting that killed 17. The families of four slain seniors accepted diplomas in their absence. Fallon has been a vocal supporter of Parkland students’ post-shooting activism and attended their March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., this spring. Still a comedian, though, he warned the students not to “rest on your laurels. Or your yannys.”
Two’s company, three’s a game. Once seen as little more than a playground sport, 3-on-3 hoops is making a new splash among fans. Drawing huge crowds and fueling excitement around the world, 3-on-3 basketball will even be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. But with prize money limited to no more than $92,500 per player, it’s not quite a pro-level sport — though it provides players who have few other options a new opportunity to hit the court.