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 2 yrs | U.S. reaches agreement with Cuba on restoration of diplomatic relations after 5 decades - U.S. official

              The United States has reached an agreement with Cuba on the restoration of formal diplomatic relations after more than five decades, a senior U.S. administration official says, adding that Cuba will open an embassy in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. will open an embassy in Havana. "We expect President Obama and Secretary Kerry to address this publicly tomorrow morning," the official said. [full quote attached]   

  Cuba        17 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns, most ever by a U.S. presidential candidate

              Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has released 33 years of tax returns - more than any other presidential candidate in the history of the United States - in a move that will likely pressure his rivals to reveal their own records. The documents released by the Bush campaign showed that the Republican's average effective tax rate for the last 33 years was 36 percent, more than the 12 percent on average paid by middle-income households. Bush said his total net worth is between $19 million and $22 million, which was mostly amassed through investments and speaking fees.   

  United States        336 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Nike co-founder Phil Knight to step down as chairman in 2016

              “For me, NIKE has always been more than just a company – it has been my life’s passion,” said Knight in a statement released Tuesday. “Over the years, I’ve spent a great deal of time considering how I might someday evolve my ownership and leadership of NIKE in a way that benefits all of our stakeholders. Today, we have taken a number of important steps that will continue to promote NIKE’s long-term growth.”   

  Beaverton, OR     


 2 yrs | Donald Trump files a $500 million lawsuit against Univision - statement

              Business magnate Donald Trump is suing Univision for $500 million after the Spanish-language TV network terminated its contract with the Miss Universe Organization and decided that it would not broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant that is scheduled to take place on July 12. "Under the contract, Univision is required to broadcast the pageant live on television in Spanish," the Trump Organization said in a statement, saying that Univision's decision was "in reality, a politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump's freedom of speech." [full statement attached]   

  New York, NY        11 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner end marriage after 10 years

              Actor Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner are ending their marriage after 10 years, the couple says in a joint statement, adding that they intend to go forward with "love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children." The couple has three children.   

  United States     


 2 yrs | Condition of NY escapee David Sweat upgraded from serious to fair - hospital

              The condition of David Sweat, whose escape from a New York prison earlier this month led to a massive manhunt, has been upgraded from serious to fair. "David Sweat will remain at Albany Medical Center for at least a few days," said Dennis McKenna, the hospital's medical director. [full statement attached]

  Albany, NY        5 UPDATES



 2 yrs | U.S. surveillance court rules NSA can temporarily resume bulk collection of phone call records - NYT

              The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency (NSA) may temporarily resume its program that systematically collects records of Americans' domestic phone calls in bulk, the New York Times is reporting. The program had lapsed on June 1 when Section 215 of the U.S. Patriot Act expired, before it was replaced with a bill called the U.S.A. Freedom Act that limits bulk collection to six months.   




 2 yrs | California Governor Brown signs school vaccine bill into law - governor’s office

              California Governor Brown has signed into law a school vaccine bill that is considered to be among the strictest in the country, the governor's office says. [statement attached]   

  California        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Suspicious envelope at federal building in Dallas determined to be chalk, exposed individuals OK - spokesman

              A substance found in a suspicious envelope that was opened on the 14th floor of the Earle Cabell Federal Building in Dallas has been determined to be "basically chalk," says Jason Evans, a spokesman for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department. "The exposed individuals are okay and do not need to be transported to the hospital," he said, adding that the envelope is now in possession of the Postal Inspector's Office.   

  Dallas, TX     


 2 yrs | Obama, Rousseff agree to improve trade, travel between the U.S. and Brazil

              U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff have agreed to take a series of steps to make it easier for people to travel between the two countries and to improve trade and investment cooperation, according to a joint statement from the leaders. [full statement fact sheet attached]   



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