Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Climate Accord, NBA Finals, and More
President Trump announced today he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, making good on a campaign promise in spite of appeals from international allies. The withdraw makes America one of only three nations not participating in the accord aimed at cutting global greenhouse gas emissions. Trump signaled he is open to negotiating a new deal or re-entry under different terms. Read the story from the Financial Times.
» MORE: What exactly is in the global climate pact? NPR explains.
Warriors Vs. Cavaliers
The NBA Finals tip off tonight in Oakland, California, with the Golden State Warriors facing the reigning champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the first time in NBA history, two teams face each other in the finals for the third straight year. Read the story from NPR.
Basketball was overshadowed by racism, however, when the home of Cavaliers star LeBron James was vandalized Wednesday morning with a racial slur spray painted on the front gate. Read the story from The AP.
NASA Spacecraft Will ‘Touch The Sun’
NASA announced it will launch a spacecraft in summer 2018 to “touch the sun.” The probe will fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere, facing unprecedented heat and radiation. The mission hopes to solve mysteries of Earth’s closest star, including why the sun’s atmosphere is hotter than its surface. Read the story from NPR.
White House Discloses Ethics Waivers For Staff
The White House disclosed it granted ethics waivers for some top presidential aides, including White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, counselor Kellyanne Conway, and chief strategist Steve Bannon. The ethics exemptions clear the way for former lobbyists and other staffers to work on government matters involving their former clients and colleagues in the private sector. The Trump administration released the list of waivers publicly after pressure from the Office of Government Ethics. Read the story from NPR.
'Wonder Woman' Breaks Glass Ceiling
"Wonder Woman" hits theaters today. The blockbuster is the first Hollywood superhero film to be directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Read the story from NPR.
Ohio Sues 5 Drug Companies
Ohio is suing five drug companies over the state’s opiate epidemic, claiming drugmakers intentionally mislead patients about the dangers of prescription opioid painkillers. Read the story from The AP.