Orlando, Fla.- At least 50 were killed and 53 were injured in a “domestic terror incident” at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. Officials have called it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. The shooter was identified as Omar Mateen, a U.S.- born citizen with Afghani parents.

Santa Monica, Calif.- Police found assault rifles, high capacity magazines, ammunition and chemicals used to make explosives in the car of 20-year-old James Howell of Indiana, who told officers that he wanted “to harm a gay pride event.” Howell was arrested just hours after the mass shooting in Orlando.


Collegedale, Tenn.- Two people were killed and two were injured after a small plane crashed while attempting to land at Collegedale Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 11.  The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating the cause of the crash.


Orlando, Fla.- 22-year-old Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on the reality show “The Voice,” was shot and killed after her concert on June 10 at The Plaza Live. The singer had opened for the band Before You Exit before she was shot by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl, who fatally shot himself after being tackled by Grimmie’s brother.


Eagle Point, Ore.- After a woman yelled out that her bicycle was stolen in a Walmart parking lot, self-described “cowboy” Robert Borba, a champion bull rider, wrapped his lasso around the suspect’s ankle and held the man until police arrived. The suspect, Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, was charged with theft and taken to Jackson County Jail.


Dallas, Texas- 29-year-old Shawn Diamond allegedly threatened an unidentified police officer with “a rock in each hand” outside of Dallas Love Airport on June 10, causing the officer to shoot Diamond after he “rushed” at him. Diamond is in stable condition.


Palo Alto, Calif.- The six-month jail sentence for 20-year-old Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a fraternity party in January 2015, started a national debate about how U.S. courts handle such cases. Many have said that the sentence was far too lenient for the crime committed.

Cook County, Ill.- A Cook County judge has ruled that Amanda Ware, who was convicted for her involvement in the drownings of her three young children in 2003, should not regain guardianship of her two daughters and son afters she leaves prison, for her children’s safety.

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