Britain leaves the EU, PM Cameron resigns, world markets crash
In a historic moment for the United Kingdom and the world, Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The resulting impact of the vote includes the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and markets crashing worldwide. The final tally of votes ended with 52 percent voting to leave and 48 percent voting to remain. The UK pound dropped to its lowest level in 31 years, as European markets took a hit. Stocks in the U.S. tumbled as well, with the Dow opening 500 points down this morning. Prime Minister Cameron addressed the nation outside 10 Downing Street, saying the people have spoken and that there will be a new prime minister before October. Former London mayor Boris Johnson has been noted as a favorite to take over as Prime Minister once Cameron leaves. The Cabinet is to meet on Monday to discuss steps on how to move forward.
Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton
In the strongest expression of support yet for his rival, Bernie Sanders said Friday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president come November. When asked if he would vote for Clinton by MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace, Sanders replied, “Yes. Yes, I think the issue right here is I am going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president.” While he has yet to formally withdraw from the race, Sanders’ support of Clinton comes with an unofficial admission that he will not be the Democratic nominee. He continued, “my job right now is to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention, and as we speak in St. Louis that’s going on right now. And that means a platform that represents working people, that stands up to big money interests. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Billboard launches campaign to stop gun violence; joined by Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga
A list of big-name artists, including Selena Gomez, Yoko Ono and Lady Gaga, have joined Billboard magazine’s campaign to encourage Congress to pass stricter gun laws. This week’s edition of Billboard included an open letter signed by over 180 musicians and music executives. Some the stars who signed the letter include: Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zayn Malik, Paul McCartney, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden and Tony Bennett. “The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns,” the letter reads. “We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more.” The petition comes after the largest mass shooting in the history of the U.S. at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and after the Senate failed to pass stricter gun measures Monday.
Obama briefed on UK vote to leave EU
According to a White House official, only President Barack Obama is being kept up to date on developments from the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. Obama is expected to speak with Prime Minister David Cameron sometime “over the course of the next day,” the official said. Although Obama had encouraged Britain to stay in the EU, he said the decision was ultimately up to the voters. The president was briefed about the vote while he was in San Francisco, the night before he was to address a group of aspiring entrepreneurs at Stanford University.
Governor declares state of emergency for Alleghany County
After severe weather and flooding, the governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency in Alleghany County and Covington. Thursday night Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted that a state of emergency had been declared, so that state agencies could help local governments faster by bypassing some procedures. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, more than a dozen roads in Alleghany County are closed Friday morning due to the flooding. There are also reports of downed tress and utility lines. Dominion Power reports about 1,700 of its customers are without power across the state.
Baltimore police officer acquitted in third Freddie Gray case
Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted of murder and all other charges Thursday, making him the third officer to walk free after the death of 25-year-old prisoner Freddie Gray. Goodson was the driver of the police van within which Gray sustained a fatal spinal injury. The judge presiding over all of the cases involving Baltimore police and Gray’s death said he has yet to see any evidence proving any of the officers committed a crime. While the officers were not found guilty in a court of law, they still remain at fault in the eyes of the city’s citizens. “It’s a matter of fact that he was alive when he got in the van. It’s a matter of fact that his spine was severed,” said Black Lives Matter activist. “Six people contributed to that.”
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