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Apologizing: We’re sorry. That’s what New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said he told former tennis star James Blake yesterday, a day after New York cops slammed him to the ground and handcuffed him in a sting operation gone wrong. It was a case of mistaken identity; Blake wasn’t the man the police were looking for. Bratton said the “incident should not have happened,” race wasn’t a factor and a review would determine if the amount of force used against Blake was appropriate. “It may not have been,” Bratton conceded.
1. Campaign 2016
The GOP nomination fight is all wrapped up, yet the Dems fight on? Who woulda thunk it? That’s where Campaign 2016 is now. The Donald romped in Indiana and The Ted said peace out. As for the Dems, Bernie beat Hillary in Indiana, but not by nearly enough to make a dent in her delegate lead. He’s (still) vowing to stay in the race until Cali, so they’ll duke it out another month. Here’s last night’s five takeaways, a look at electoral math, and a reminder that John Kasich is still going and going and ...
2. Navy SEAL killed
The U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Iraq has been ID’d as Charles Keating IV, a grandson of savings-and-loan financier Charles Keating Jr. Keating died in northern Iraq after ISIS attacked a base where he and other SEALs were advising Kurdish Peshmerga forces. He’s the third American combat casualty since the U.S. redeployed forces to Iraq to advise local forces and conduct special operations against ISIS in 2014.
3. Detroit schools
For the first time this week, students will be in class in Detroit. Teachers have ended their sickout after getting assurances they’ll be paid for the full school year. But no one is celebrating, because teacher pay issues are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s wrong in the city’s schools: $500 million operating debt; crumbling buildings, overcrowded classrooms and low test scores.
4. Medical errors
Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, the old saying goes. But it actually may be worse than we thought. A new study suggests that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., behind only heart disease and cancer. They cause more than 251,000 deaths each year! The number may be higher because the study doesn’t factor in home and nursing home deaths.
5. City evacuation
A raging wildfire has forced the evacuation of an entire Canadian city. Fort McMurray, located in northern Alberta, is in the path of a 7,400-acre fire that firefighters have been battling since Sunday. The city’s 60,000 residents were ordered out yesterday – the largest evacuation in Alberta’s history.
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Quote of the day:
“I know I’m not Beyoncé, I can’t dance or anything like that”
A Cuban driver named Victor, on the dozens of multi-colored 1950s American cars rented by Chanel for its star-studded fashion show in Havana
If this doesn’t melt your heart, you don’t have one. A sloth in Ecuador was found holding onto a guard rail for dear life near a busy highway. Police rescued it, a vet made sure it was OK and it was released back into the wild.
Martin Shkreli, the ex-pharma CEO famous for hiking up the price of a life-saving drug, went to court and found out he’s in more trouble than he thought.
Today in facepalm
A French man sued his former employer because he felt the job was too boring. Good luck getting a good reference from that gig.
Today in facepalm II
Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran offers simple advice for female biz owners: wear bright colors and yank up those skirts. Oy, said the Internet.
Thinking about flying to that ultimate getaway this summer? Why not? Airfares haven’t been this low in seven years.
How to (re)appear completely
After dropping off social media over the weekend, Radiohead has reemerged with a new music video on YouTube. Hipsters rejoice!
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH
Here’s what’s happening today.
Give peace a chance
The U.N. Security Council meets this afternoon to do something about the bad-and-getting-worse situation in Aleppo, Syria.