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It’s Friday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
1. Campaign 2016
The Donald’s allies probably felt more like the fire department than a political team this weekend, as they put out three-alarm blazes around the soon-to-be GOP nominee. The big one involved a report that said Trump’s behavior with women had been less than honorable. Meanwhile, Hillz and Uncle Bernie are mining for votes once again in coal country, this time in Kentucky. Clinton hopes things work out better than the last time – a loss to Sanders last week in West Virginia.
A statistical blip or the start of a troubling trend? Homicides in the U.S are up this year. Chicago’s having it the worst - 141 murders through March. That’s a 70% increase over the same period last year. FBI head James Comey’s theory is that officers are hesitant to do their jobs because they don’t want to be the next bad cop on YouTube. The White House calls B.S. on that and says it won’t make broad policy decisions on anecdotal evidence.
3. Colombia drug bust
There are big deals, and then there’s this: Cops made the largest drug bust in Colombia’s history when they seized 17,500 pounds of cocaine hidden in a banana plantation. That’s EIGHT TONS of pre-packaged bricks of coke. The gang behind the operation, Los Urabeños, is comprised of heavily armed, extremely violent ex-terrorists who took a hard pass on the government’s peace process. And the dude who leads them - Dario “Otoniel” Úsuga – has a $5 million bounty on his head. So yeah, this was a pretty big deal.
4. Manchester United match
Some employee somewhere in Great Britain’s having a difficult conversation with their boss this morning. A suspicious item was found at Manchester United’s stadium yesterday, leading to an evacuation and then a cancellation of the club’s match with AFC Bournemouth. Turns out it wasn’t a bomb, just a training device that looked just like a bomb. It had been accidentally left in the stadium by a private company after a training exercise. Oops.
5. Texas biker brawl
Nine people dead and 18 wounded in less than two minutes. Tomorrow will be one year since the Waco, Texas, biker brawl – the most violent day in Texas biker history. And depending on whom you ask, it all started over a patch. Or owed dues. Or somebody’s foot got run over. Or parking sports. Also, nobody seems to be able to pin down exactly why a grand jury indicted 154 bikers – or why there’s not even a trial date. We have a wonderful write here, and we’ll air a special tonight with a live Twitter chat with @edlavaCNN during the show.
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Quote of the day:
“I know I’m not Beyoncé, I can’t dance or anything like that”
President Barack Obama, addressing graduates at Rutgers yesterday and taking a not-so-subtle aim at Donald Trump
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.
A 1,100-pound, “housebroken” buffalo on sale for only $5,960? What a deal? Thanks Craigslist.
What’s harder than a UFC fight? Battling the crowd on the way into your fight. Matt Brown found that out this weekend.
Worst of the worst
Poor Carrier – regularly getting blasted for sending U.S. jobs south of the border. But it’s not even in the Top 20 of America’s job-killing companies. These firms are.
Get well soon
The Red Hot Chili Peppers missed a show this weekend, after singer Anthony Kiedis ended up in the hospital with intestinal flu.
Sometimes good things happen to good people – like Marguerite Barankitse who saved 30,000 lives during Burundi’s civil war. She’s being honored with a $1 million prize.