John Hinckley Jr., Platinum Jubilee, and the Call of the Deep Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Thursday, June 2, and we're covering a court decision on a would-be presidential assassin, Britain's first Platinum Jubilee, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Reagan Shooter Set Free

John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate former President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released from court-ordered psychiatric supervision and all remaining restrictions June 15. A federal judge yesterday ordered Hinckley's full freedom after prosecutors said he exhibited good behavior and displayed no signs of mental illness. 


Hinckley, now 67, spent over 30 years in a mental hospital after a jury in a 1982 trial found him not guilty of shooting Reagan by reason of insanity. Hinckley's defense claimed he suffered from psychosis and was influenced by the 1976 film "Taxi Driver," where the main character assassinated a fictional senator. Hinckley was also infatuated with Jodie Foster, who starred in the movie and whom he wanted to impress. Hinckley was later released under certain restrictions and has been living in Virginia since 2016.


Hinckley attempted to assassinate Reagan on March 30, 1981, firing six shots as Reagan exited the Washington Hilton Hotel. Reagan suffered a punctured lung and later recovered. Three others were also injured, including White House press secretary James Brady who suffered permanent brain damage and died in 2014. See photos from the aftermath here.

Platinum Jubilee Begins

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee kicks off today in the UK, celebrating seven decades of her service. The four-day celebration marks the first time a Platinum Jubilee has taken place in British history, with the queen holding the record for being the longest-reigning monarch. The 96-year-old queen ascended the throne in 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.


The celebration begins with the queen’s birthday parade (6 am ET, ABC News), followed by a royal family balcony appearance. Other events include a concert, the lighting of 3,200 torchlights, horse races, and more. The celebration will end Sunday with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant—four acts of music and theater, among other celebrations.


The popular royal has signaled she has no plans to retire; nearly 86% of Brits say they are satisfied with the queen’s performance. Millions of people worldwide are expected to celebrate, with more than 200,000 events and street parties planned.


See some of the world changes during the queen's reign here.

Warriors Versus Celtics

The Golden State Warriors will face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals beginning tonight (9 pm ET, ABC), the first time the teams have met in the title series since 1964. 


Boston, tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most NBA championships at 17, seeks its first title since 2008. The team is led by first-year coach Ime Udoka and a duo of young stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown—though no one on the current roster has previously played in the finals.  


The Warriors are in the finals for the sixth time in eight years; the first team to do so since the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. Golden State has won three titles since 2015, but injuries have hampered the team over the past two seasons. Its two stars—Steph Curry and Klay Thompson—enter the finals near full strength. 


See highlights from the rest of the NBA playoffs here.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Jury awards Johnny Depp $15M in defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard; Heard won $2M defamation claim over a statement from Depp's lawyer (More)


> Congress invites NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to testify at hearing investigating workplace harassment (More) | NCAA Women's College World Series begins today from Oklahoma City (More) | Marion Barber, former Pro Bowl running back, found dead at 38 (More)


> LeVar Burton hosts Scripps National Spelling Bee finals tonight (8 pm ET, ION), which returns in-person for first time since 2019 (More)

Science & Technology

> Justice Department charges former OpenSea crypto-exchange executive with insider trading of NFTs, the first such charge focused on digital assets (More) | What are NFTs, or nonfungible tokens? (More)


> Researchers uncover how the lifelong accumulation of genetic mutations in blood-forming cells gives rise to cancer and age-related blood diseases (More)


> The human brain releases noradrenaline in response to surprises, study finds; the chemical compound that helps the brain focus and learn from unexpected events (More)

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> US stock markets fall (S&P 500 -0.8%, Dow -0.5%, Nasdaq -0.7%) for second consecutive day (More)


> Sheryl Sandberg to step down as Meta (Facebook) chief operating officer after 14 years, will continue role as board member (More)


> US job openings of 11.4 million fell by 455,000 from March, which reduced the previously record gap between available workers and open positions, per the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> The US plans to send advanced rocket systems to Ukraine as part of a $700M military aid package (More) | See updates on Russia's invasion here (More)


> Five people killed, including attacker, after gunman opens fire at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, medical facility, the latest in a string of mass shootings across the US (More) | Grand jury indicts 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York; 25-count indictment includes terrorism and murder charges (More)


> California releases report detailing its role in perpetuating discrimination against African Americans; report sets the stage for potential financial reparations (More) | Adm. Linda Fagan becomes first woman to lead US Coast Guard (More



Escape From the Gilded Cage

Smithsonian | April White. How Sioux Falls, South Dakota, became America's hottest destination for women seeking a divorce in the late 19th century. (Read)

Call of the Deep

Knowable | Stephanie Pain. What some of the ocean's biggest predators do in the ocean depths remains a mystery to scientists. Now, sensors, tracking devices, and even tiny cameras attached to the animals are shedding light on some of marine biology's biggest questions. (Read)



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