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Need To Know.
More Mysterious Attacks on US Diplomats.
A group of US diplomats and their family members have been evacuated from the American Consulate in Guangzhou, China, after experiencing symptoms seemingly related to sound-induced brain trauma. At least two State Department employees appear to have concussion-like symptoms after reportedly hearing odd sounds - eerily similar to the dozens of cases of US diplomatic staff in Havana, Cuba, who experienced symptoms including hearing loss, nausea, cognitive issues, and more. The symptoms often occurred after hearing a high-pitch or metallic sound - in one case so targeted that a staff member could only hear the noise while in bed. To date, the concept of a targeted sonic attack defies any publicly known technology (though here's how it may work).

With the spread of the attacks from Cuba to China, US officials appear baffled as to who may be behind them. 

France Debates Fake News.
The French Parliament began debating a bill pushed by President Emmanuel Macron that would attempt to restrain the spread of fake news. The bill would take effect during the three months in advance of national elections and allows judges to block content they deem false. Supporters argue that fake news and disinformation undermines democracy, while critics said the law sets a dangerous precedent and threatens free speech. Macron faced a number of dubious allegations during the country's 2017 election, including a claim that he maintained a secret offshore account in the Bahamas. 


Judge Sides with Philly in Sanctuary City Dispute. 
A federal judge ruled that the Trump Administration can't cut off grants to Philadelphia for limiting cooperation with federal immigration officials. Last year, the Justice Department announced it would withhold Byrne grants, which provide law enforcement training and provisions, from cities limiting access to detained individuals suspected of immigration violations (background on sanctuary cities). A number of cities sued in response, saying the move was unconstitutional. Each city has set its own policy on the issue, and Philadelphia says it will turn immigrants over to federal officials only if a warrant is issued. 

 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Average May temperatures for lower 48 US hit 65.4 degrees, breaking record set in 1934 and exceeding 20th-century monthly average by five degrees (More)
Analysis shows the Sun's solar wind - streams of charged particles radiated from the Sun's atmosphere - balloons the shape of the entire solar system when it blows (More)
Singapore moves to become second country to legalize mitochondrial replacement therapy, a treatment for women with certain genetic disorders that increases chances of having healthy babies (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Senate will not impede Administration's ability to level tariffs (More)
Report says Obama administration offered to allow Iran to exchange offshore currency into Euros by first exchanging it into dollars in 2016, potentially violating financial sanctions; Iran did not ultimately pursue the offer (More)
UPS workers vote to give union the green-light to strike during upcoming contract negotiations, would affect 260,000 workers (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Kevin Durant scores 43 in win as Warriors take 3-0 lead over Cavs in NBA Finals (More)
Blake Shelton wins top prize at CMT Awards for best video of the year (More) | Full list of winners (More)
President Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson following meeting with Kim Kardashian (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Venezuela frees 2 American oil executives held since April in corruption probe (More)
Honest Company - consumer goods business co-founded by Jessica Alba - receives $200M investment from private equity firm L Catteron (More)
Alphabet (Google) shareholders vote down campaigns to tie compensation to diversity goals (More)
In Depth.

Own Goal. 

The Ringer | Andrew Helms, Matt Pentz. The inside story of the biggest embarrassment in US sports in recent memory - how the Men's National Team failed to make the 2018 World Cup. The loss to tiny Trinidad and Tobago that sealed their fate was just the tip of the iceberg
 

Where Killings Go Unsolved. 

The Washington Post | Staff. After mapping more than 52,000 homicides in major US cities, the Post has found that there are spots where murders are common, but arrests are rare. The police blame these zones on lack of resources, but locals are starting to think it might be something else, like apathy. (paywall)
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Etcetera.
New report says women hold 2/3rds of Americans' $1.5T student loan debt.

Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines fined for breaking EPA's lead paint rules

Watch lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spill into Kapoho Bay.

19 of the most beautiful streets in the world.

Photographer captures 24 kisses in 24 hours in New York City


Here's what it looks like when a plane flies into a hail storm.

The ultimate guide to beach food across America

Soldier steals tank from Army base, leads police on two-hour chase

Clickbait: Doctor who dances, raps during surgeries sued for negligence

Historybook: RIP Jean Harlow (1937); SCOTUS legalizes contraception use by married couples (1965); HBD Prince (1958); HBD Mike Pence (1959); Grease opens on Broadway (1972).

 
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- Prince

 
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