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It’s Friday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
1. Campaign 2016
It’s Primary Day (again)! We’ll save you some time and give you the results now: Donald Trump wins Oregon (because he’s the only in the race). Bernie Sanders should win there too, so the race to watch tonight is Kentucky. This also seems like an easy V for Uncle Bernie, but Hillz was all over the state yesterday, desperately trying to make sure it isn’t.
It’s enough to make you keep your wallet in your pocket. The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, a charity for veterans, hauled in $29 million in donations over the past couple of years. Fantastic, you say. Not quite. Less than 2% of that actually made it to veterans. You read that right – single digits. Most of the money ended up with telemarketers. But that’s not the worst part. The guy who runs this outfit is … a veteran.
The Affordable Care Act’s back with the Supreme Court. Time for another dramatic ruling, right? Not this time. The Supremes punted yesterday on a challenge brought by religious groups opposed to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. The high court sent the case back to a lower court so the opposing parties can work out a compromise. The Supremes definitely did not want to tackle this one with its current 4-4 split.
4. North Korea
Planning a trip to beautiful Pyongyang this summer? Don’t. The State Department’s offering some unusually blunt warning about North Korea, telling Americans they can get in trouble there just like that. Take an unauthorized pic? Trouble. Shop at the wrong store? Trouble. “Show disrespect” unintentionally? Tough. Still trouble. And since the U.S. doesn’t have diplomatic ties with the Kim team, if you go and get yourself in a bind, you’ll have to depend on the Swedes.
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.
The grab bag: So much to report, so little space. Here we go:
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Quote of the day:
“I know I’m not Beyoncé, I can’t dance or anything like that”
Golfer Tiger Woods, saying he can still pass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles. Woods has won 14 – but none in 8 years. But keep hope alive, Tiger.
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.
It took 15 hours and 50 surgeons, but docs are calling the first U.S. penis transplant a “landmark procedure.”
For years he cleaned up behind students, now a Massachusetts custodian has picked up a little something for himself: a college degree.
What you don’t want as a souvenir from your trip to the beach: a dead nurse shark that took a bite out of you and wouldn’t let go.
The birds, or um, the bees
It was like a scene out of a movie. Killer bees terrorize California neighborhood – on Hitchcock Drive.
Beauty and the beholder
The Eiffel Tower’s not on TripAdvisor’s list of the Most Beloved Landmarks. Nor is the Statue of Liberty. Or the Great Wall. Or the Sydney Opera House.
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH
Here’s what’s happening today.
What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate
In aftermath of the Walter Scott shooting, the Justice Department announces a review of the North Charleston, S.C., police department today.
What lurks beneath
Number of the day
The value of gold that could be stored inside a secret London vault that a Chinese state-owned bank is buying.