While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 17 edition

British lawmaker shot dead, EU referendum campaigns suspended

A British member of parliament was shot dead in the street, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week’s referendum on the country’s EU membership.

Jo Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and a vocal advocate for Britain remaining in the European Union, was attacked while preparing to meet constituents in Birstall near Leeds in northern England.

Media reports said she had been shot and stabbed. West Yorkshire regional police said a 52-year-old man was arrested by officers nearby and weapons including a firearm recovered.


Obama meets massacre survivors, assails home-grown terrorism

President Barack Obama met survivors of a gay nightclub massacre and relatives of the 49 people killed and said the United States must act to control gun violence and fight what he called home-grown terrorism.

“The last two terrorist attacks on our soil – Orlando and San Bernardino – were home-grown,” Obama told reporters. “We’re going to have to do more to prevent these kinds of events from occurring. It’s going to take more than just our military. It’s going to take more than just our intelligence community.”

Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Orlando, Florida, four days after a US-born gunman claiming allegiance to various Islamist militant groups carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.


'Abnormal is the new normal': May breaks another global heat record

Last month was the hottest May in modern history, marking the 13th consecutive month that global temperature records have been shattered, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

That makes it the longest such streak in the 137 years that the record has existed.

"The state of the climate so far this year gives us much cause for alarm," World Climate Research Program director David Carlson director said. "The super El Nino is only partly to blame. Abnormal is the new normal."


Euro 2016: Sturridge grabs dramatic late winner for England

Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge rose from the bench to score as England came from behind to defeat neighbours Wales 2-1 in Thursday’s all-British Euro 2016 clash in Lens.

Just as he had in Wales’ opening 2-1 win over Slovakia, Gareth Bale put Chris Coleman’s side ahead with a long-range free-kick that England goalkeeper Joe Hart could only fumble into the net.

But Vardy and Sturridge came on at half-time and after the former had equalised in the 56th minute, the latter smuggled in a stoppage-time winner that fired Roy Hodgson’s men to the top of the group.


Golf: Landry one ahead at weather-disrupted US Open

Little-known American Andrew Landry upstaged the game’s biggest names on a frustrating day of multiple weather delays as he grabbed an early one-shot lead in the first round of the US Open.

The 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie, competing for the first time in the year’s second major, carded five birdies and two bogeys in 17 holes on a rain-softened layout at Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh to get to three under.

Benefiting from accurate driving on a layout known as one of the most treacherous in golf, Landry was lining up a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-four ninth, when the horn sounded to suspend play for a third time.