*EU Foreign Ministers Urge Speedy U.K. Exit
On the heels of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, top EU foreign ministers are urging the country to get out as soon as possible. Representatives from six of the EU’s founding nations—Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands—held an urgent meeting on Saturday, telling reporters afterward that the exit process should be fast-tracked. “We say here together, this process should get under way as soon as possible so that we are not left in limbo but rather can concentrate on the future of Europe,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Waler Steinmeier
said at the summit in Berlin.
*Death Toll Rises to 23 In West Virginia Floods
The death toll in the aftermath of massive flooding in West Virginia has risen to 23, state officials say. The victims include an 8-year-old boy who was brought away from his mother and sister by strong currents. According to the National Weather Service, as many as 8 to 10 inches of rain fell within a short span. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
declared a state of emergency for much of the state and deployed the National Guard to help with search and rescue operations.
*Two Dead, Four Injured In Texas Shooting
Two people were killed and four were injured in a shooting outside a dance studio in Fort Worth, Texas. According to reports, an altercation began inside the building and escalated outside. Local roads were immediately closed while law enforcement officials investigate what exactly happened.
*Pope Francis Visits Armenian Genocide Memorial
visited a memorial to the Armenian genocide on Saturday during his trip to the country. Joined by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian
, the pontiff laid a wreath and participated in a prayer. It is believed that Ottomans killed as many as 1.5 million Armenians in the run-up to World War I. “I pray here, with pain in my heart, that such tragedies will not happen again, that humanity does not forget and knows how to overcome evil with good,” the pope wrote in a commemoration book. By calling it a genocide, Francis is sure to anger Turkey, which refuses to use that word to describe it.
*Report: Nobody Wants to Work For Trump
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
is having a hard time encouraging people to work for him, according to a report. Trump, who recently admitted that he needs to hire more campaign staffers in preparation for the general election battle with Hillary Clinton
, has received pushback even from those who work for politicians who have endorsed him. For example, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s
senior political advisers and other top aides have reportedly declined direct and indirect offers to work on the campaign. An aide to Ted Cruz
said none of their campaign staffers applied for positions within the Trump campaign after Cruz dropped his presidential bid—despite encouragement from Trump and his confidantes.
*Johnny Manziel’s Lawyer Accidentally Texts AP Reporter
A lawyer for embattled NFL quarterback Johnny Manzielaccidentally texted an Associated Press reporter on Friday. In the long message, Bob Hinton hinted he is doubtful that Manziel can stay clean, and said the quarterback spent more than $1,000 in drug paraphernalia just hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run incident that he informed police about on Monday. Additionally, Hinton said he is seeking a plea deal for Manziel surrounding the alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend in January, but added: “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.” The text message was intended for another lawyer, and Hinton threatened a lawsuit if some details of it were published, citing attorney-client privilege.
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