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 2 yrs | Alabama State Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, arrested, charged with driving under the influence - WAFF48

              Alabama State Senator Cam Ward was booked into jail Wednesday on a driving under the influence charge, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. A bond amount was not immediately known. Ward, a longtime Republican senator from Alabaster, is known for his fight to reform Alabama's overcrowded prison system. On Tuesday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley named the senator to the prison reform council.   



 2 yrs | Baltimore police arrest man in connection with burning down CVS during riots

              A man identified as Raymond Carter has been arrested for allegedly burning down a CVS Pharmacy in Baltimore during the riots in late April, ATF Baltimore spokesman Special Agent Dave Cheplak says. Carter was taken into custody in South Baltimore after a brief foot chase.   

  Baltimore, Maryland        9 UPDATES


 2 yrs | North Carolina shark attack victim in stable condition, suffered multiple bites - PIO

              A man in his late 50s who was attacked by a shark while swimming off Ocracoke Island in North Carolina suffered bites to his rib cage, hip, lower leg and both hands, the Hyde County Public Information Office says. "The man was swimming outside the first breaker, directly in front of the lifeguard stand when he encountered a grey shark, six to seven feet in length," the office said in a statement. "The shark pulled him under the water and the man sustained several bites." The victim was in a "stable, conscious and oriented condition" before being airlifted to a Greenville hospital. [full statement attached]   

  Ocracoke, North Carolina        5 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Swimmer attacked by shark off North Carolina, condition unknown

              A person, believed to be a man, is being airlifted to hospital after a shark attack on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina, the Hyde County Public Information Office says on its Twitter account. "They are being flown off island for medical treatment," the office said. CNN reporter AnneClaire Stapleton cited a witness as saying that a "trail of blood" followed the victim after he was taken away by medics.   

  Ocracoke, North Carolina        5 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Jeb Bush opposes re-opening of U.S. Embassy in Havana, says it ‘legitimizes the brutal Castro regime’

              Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, says President Barack Obama's decision to re-open the U.S. Embassy in Havana 'further legitimizes the brutal Castro regime.' "I oppose the decision to further embrace the Castro regime by opening an embassy in Havana. ... I hope the U.S. Congress will scrutinize the concessions made to Havana prior to considering any ambassador," Bush said. [full statement attached]   

  Cuba        336 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Donald Trump: Macy’s ‘caved to special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators’

              Donald Trump, hitting back at Macy's after the department store announced it would end their relationship over Trump's controversial comments about immigration, says "both Macy's and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators." Trump, whose statement suggested that he was the one to first end his relationship with Macy's, added: "Clearly, NBC and Macy's support illegal immigration."   

  New York, NY        11 UPDATES



 2 yrs | VIDEO: President Obama delivers statement on U.S.-Cuba restoring diplomatic relations

              Video starts at 28:00. Transcript attached.   

  Washington, D.C.        17 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Macy’s ends relationship with Donald Trump over immigration comments, will phase out collection

              Department store Macy's says it has decided to terminate its relationship with business magnate Donald Trump, citing his controversial comments last month in which he referred to some Mexican immigrants as rapists, drug users and criminals. "Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form," the company said in a statement. "We have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004." [full statement attached]   

  United States        11 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Obama confirms restoration of diplomatic relations in letter to Castro, embassies to open July 20 - Cuban foreign ministry

              U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a letter to Cuban President Raúl Castro that confirms the decision to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries and to open permanent diplomatic missions in their respective capitals on July 20, Cuba's foreign ministry says. [full statement attached]   

  Havana, Cuba        17 UPDATES


 2 yrs | U.S. private sector added 237,000 jobs in June - ADP report

              The United States economy added an estimated 237,000 private sector jobs during the month of June, more than expected, according to a report released on Wednesday by payroll processor ADP. The ADP survey is derived from actual payroll data and measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month. Official figures from the U.S. government are due later this week. Click here to view the report's key figures. [Full report attached]   

  United States     


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