Trump escalates attacks on the media
While many Americans gathered for church Sunday morning, President Trump continued his war against the news media, posting a mocked-up wrestling video of him body-slamming a character tagged as CNN. The video followed the president's Saturday tweets attacking the media for declaring his Twitter habits unseemly. The president has come under fire for repeatedly tweeting insults at MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
"The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary." - @SHSanders45 6/29/17— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) July 2, 2017
Angry New Jersey residents shut out of parks, state offices because of budget impasse
New Jersey residents awoke Saturday to the first day of a state government shutdown, a day many had planned to use to either kick start the Fourth of July holiday at a park or run some errands at state offices. A dispute between Gov. Chris Christie, a deeply unpopular governor in the final months of his second term, and the Democratic leader in the state Assembly, Vincent Prieto, has blocked the Legislature from passing a state budget and scuttled a lot of holiday plans in the Garden State.
Ex-doctor sought to extract revenge on former colleagues at Bronx hospital
A rifle-wielding doctor under a cloud of suspicion for sexual harassment went on a shooting rampage at a Bronx hospital Friday, killing one and injuring six before fatally shooting himself, New York city officials said. In an instant, Dr. Henry Bello triggered a Code Silver at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, sending his one-time colleagues diving for cover while he repeatedly pulled his trigger, killing a doctor who had the misfortune of covering someone else’s shift as a favor and injuring six others. It was not clear if Bello knew Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, 32, who was killed in the shooting.
Pentagon delays acceptance of transgender recruits and officers
The Pentagon announced late Friday that it will delay until at least 2018 rolling out its policy for acceptance of transgender troops into the ranks. The move by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis comes just hours before a July 1 deadline, set in the Obama administration, for the military to recruit transgender enlisted troops and to accept new officers. In May, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work had ordered the armed services to advise him of their plans to meet the deadline, or advise him of concerns about how accepting new transgender troops could affect the military's readiness to fight. The Army and Marine Corps both sought delays.
Jeff Horn, in fight of his life, upsets Manny Pacquiao to take WBO welterweight title
It was exciting, a hard-hitting and bloody brawl, it was awkward at times, and in the end it was as controversial as you could imagine. In an upset that almost nobody — except possibly for Jeff Horn and his team — thought possible, Horn, the hometown boy and former school teacher who got into boxing after being bullied as a kid, scored a stunning upset of WBO welterweight champion and future hall of famer Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night before a record and raucous crowd at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
FBI says grad student charged with kidnapping missing Chinese scholar had visited 'fantasy abduction site'
A 28-year-old graduate student who federal authorities said had recently visited an online "fantasy abduction site" has been charged with kidnapping a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois who disappeared three weeks ago and is now presumed dead. Brendt Christensen was charged on Friday, his 28th birthday, with kidnapping Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who went missing June 9.
Pacers trade Paul George to Thunder for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis
The Indiana Pacers traded four-time All-Star Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. George will play alongside league MVP Russell Westbrook this season. The out-of-nowhere trade puts the Thunder right back where they were before the walls caved in, back among the Western Conference elite with a chance to make this a long-term proposition.
Little Rock closes down nightclub where gunfire left 28 people injured
Little Rock authorities on Saturday shut down a nightclub where an apparent dispute between two rival gangs led to an early morning shootout that left 28 people injured, all but three of them by gunfire. All of those who were injured — ranging in age from 16 to 40 — were expected to survive, according to authorities. The shooting, which took place at Power Ultra Lounge around 2:30 a.m. local time, does not appear to be terror-related.
Contributing: The Associated Press