1. According to ABC News, A tornado ripped through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border today, killing at least 13 people, and more storms and flooding battered Texas and the southern Great Plains. The tornadoes and flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes came out of a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, dumping record rainfall on parts of the Plains and Midwest. The deadly tornado that hit Ciudad Acuna, Mexico was one of at least 15 reported. The 12 people missing were all staying in a vacation home that was swept away by rushing floodwaters.
2. According to The AP, Two people died and several more were injured in a shooting early Tuesday at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Deputy Police Chief Mike Ferguson would not say if the gunman was arrested, at large or among the dead, but did say he believed there wasn’t any further risk to the public following the shooting. Ferguson did not provide names of the dead or say how many have been injured. It was not immediately clear if the two dead died at the scene or at the hospital.
3. According to The AP, Members of about 40 Cleveland-area churches planned to protest the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists. Parishioners from the churches making up the Greater Cleveland Congregations planned to march through downtown Cleveland late Tuesday morning. The Rev. Jawanza Colvin said the rally would be peaceful and police had been contacted in advance. A judge on Saturday found Patrolman Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of two unarmed motorists in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed chase.
4. According to Reuters, Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of the U.S. commitment to help fight Islamic State militants in an effort at damage control on Monday after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops’ desire to fight. Carter told CNN on Sunday that Iraqi forces showed no will to battle against Islamic State militants during the fall of Ramadi a week ago, and U.S. forces were trying to encourage them to engage more directly. His remarks drew a rebuke from Abadi, with whom President Barack Obama has sought to build a positive relationship despite tension over the U.S. role in the country. Biden’s call was an effort to patch things up after Carter’s remarks.
5. According to CBS Baltimore, It’s been a violent 72 hours in Baltimore after a surge of shootings-some deadly across the city. Police say 26 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the record-breaking violence. New police video of a person of interest in Sunday’s deadly shooting in Druid heights. It’s one of several active investigations following a Memorial Day weekend riddled with gun violence across Baltimore City. Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke links the violence to a city still reeling from weeks of unrest.
6. According to AFP, Moscow and Tehran have concluded negotiations on the delivery of the Russia’s long-range S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, which should take place “within a short period,” according to an Iranian Deputy Minister. He said, “The negotiations were completed successfully. I believe that the delivery of the S-300 will take place in a relatively short time. It will be done at the earliest possible opportunity.” The Russian Foreign Ministry has not confirmed the statement, merely reiterating in a statement “the importance of maintaining a regular Russian-Iranian dialogue”.
7. According to Reuters, About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 personnel, is meant to test cooperation among Arctic nations near Russia. It was planned before Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region last year raised regional tensions. The exercise, lasting from May 25 to June 5, is one of the biggest fighter jet exercises in Europe this year and the second of its type after one in 2013.
8. According to AFP, At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). Hospitals are on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advised people to stay indoors with no end in sight to the searing conditions. In the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh, in the south, 551 people have died in the past week as temperatures hit 47 degrees Celsius on Monday.
9. According to The AP, A United Nations official says that armed gunmen fired on a U.N. vehicle in Mali’s capital, killing one peacekeeper and injuring another. The U.N. official said an investigation is being opened into Monday night’s ambush on the peacekeepers working for the U.N. mission in Mali. He said the attackers have not been identified and spoke on condition of anonymity. The attack comes after weeks of flaring violence between separatist rebels, the military and armed groups allied with the military, mostly in Mali’s north.
10. According to Reuters, Charter Communications Inc said it would buy Time Warner Cable Inc in a cash-and-stock deal that values the larger rival at $78.7 billion, to compete with No. 1 U.S. cable services provider Comcast Corp. The deal values each Time Warner Cable share at about $195.71 based on Charter’s closing price on May 20, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Joseph Addison said, “If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. He loves you so much that the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, why don’t you get to know Him today. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose by the power of God for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening. May God bless your day.