Monday’s Mini-Report, 6.13.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The victims in Orlando: “They were a cross-section of Americans living it up at an Orlando nightclub – professionals who plied their trades in the city’s gleaming towers, 20-somethings who worked in nearby amusement parks. They were tourists passing through town and regulars greeting old friends.”
 
* The Florida gun dealer “who sold a handgun and a rifle to the Orlando massacre suspect said Monday that his conscience is clear. ‘It’s horrible but I don’t make the laws. I abide by them,’ Ed Henson of the St. Lucie Shooting Center, a range and gun shop in Port Saint Lucie.”
 
* The U.S. Supreme Court this morning “turned aside the latest effort by a group of states led by Michigan to block Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants.”
 
* The Supreme Court also “dealt a second setback in two weeks to Puerto Rico Monday, denying its effort to restructure more than $20 billion of its mammoth $72 billion debt.”
 
* It’s time for a change: “Leading gay rights advocates in Congress plan to ask the White House to end a decades-old policy that prohibits many gay men from donating blood in the wake of the deadly Orlando, Fla., shooting at a gay nightclub.”
 
* Really? “Microsoft has reached a deal to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion – the largest acquisition in the tech company’s history – to dive into the social-networking realm.”
 
* WHO: “In a move with enormous social implications in countries hardest hit by Zika, the World Health Organization is recommending that millions of people in areas where the mosquito-borne virus is spreading now consider delaying pregnancy to avoid risking a baby born with serious brain damage.”
 
* Scary, but true: “Scientists who measure and forecast the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere said Monday that we may have passed a key turning point. Humans walking the Earth today will probably never live to see carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere once again fall below a level of 400 parts per million (ppm), at least when measured at the iconic Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, where the longest global record of Co2 has been compiled.”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 6.13.16