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June 4, 2017: What to Know

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BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • Britain is on high alert in the wake of a pair of deadly incidents Saturday night, beginning with a speeding van plowing through a crowd of people on London Bridge. Minutes later, three armed assailants jumped from the vehicle and began stabbing people in the Borough Market area of the English capital. Police rushed to the scene, where they shot and killed all three suspects. Police confirmed early Saturday the attackers killed seven people and wounded at least 48 others. Police also said they had made several arrests in connection with what British Prime Minister Theresa May called an act of terrorism. According to the BBC, the van was traveling nearly 50 miles an hour when it struck pedestrians on London Bridge. The attack Saturday was the third act of terrorism in the U.K. in as many months. Meanwhile, the city of Manchester is preparing for a concert Sunday night in the same venue where, almost two weeks ago, 22 people were killed in a bomb blast.
  • In response to the London terror attack, the Conservative Party of British PM Theresa May and opposition Labour Party agreed to suspend campaigning for one day as they prepare for an upcoming parliamentary election, but added that voting will go ahead as planned Thursday, June 8. U.S. President Donald Trump wasted no time in using the U.K. attack to promote his proposed travel ban on a number of Muslim-majority nations, which has met continuous legal blockades. "We need the courts to give us back our rights," Trump wrote Saturday on Twitter. "We need the travel ban as an extra level of safety!"
  • The National Weather Service office in Boise is forecasting more sunny, warm weather for Sunday. Traditionally, that would mean a lot of people spending the day at Eagle Island State Park, but state officials said Saturday the park would remain closed due to rising waters from the Boise River. The river still presents unsafe conditions, as rapid snowmelt from the Boise Mountains continues to swell reservoirs and rivers. As of this morning, the flow of the river near the Glenwood Bridge in Boise was running 9,440 cubic feet per second and more than 11 1/2 feet high.
  • The Stanley Cup came to Tennessee for the first time Saturday night, as the Nashville Predators hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens were already up two games to zero in the best of seven series, but were swamped 5-1 by the home team Predators. Both teams are back on the ice in Nashville Monday night. Meanwhile, the NBA championships continue tonight with the Golden State Warriors hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors lead that best of seven series 1-0.
  • Harley-Davidson is voluntarily recalling nearly 57,000 motorcycles. The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal reported the recall includes Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Police Electra Glide, Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide and Road Glide Special motorcycles built from July 2 through May 9. Harley officials said they're concerned about the possibility an oil line could come loose and spray oil onto the path of the rear tire.
  • A reporter for the San Antonio Express-News is making a headlines of his own. NPR and other national media outlets have picked up on food critic Mike Sutter and his quest: "365 Days of Tacos." Sutter is about halfway through his 2017 taco travels, eating at a different taco restaurant or food truck every day for a year. Sutter told NPR that, so far, he's eaten about 700 tacos in 2017. The best so far? Ray's Drive-In in San Antonio.