Daily Briefing

10 things you need to know today: June 9, 2014

Harold Maass
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Couple shouting "revolution!" kill three in Las Vegas

A married couple ambushed two Las Vegas police officers who were "simply having lunch" in a pizza restaurant on Sunday, shooting them dead before running across a parking lot and killing a shopper entering a Walmart, police said. The killers shouted, "This is a revolution!" and killed themselves as police closed in. Investigators found swastikas in the couple's apartment, and are investigating ties to white supremacy groups. [CNN, The Washington Post]


Top shows share honors at Tony Awards

Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder won best musical Sunday night at the 68th annual Tony Awards in a ceremony where several top Broadway shows each got a share of the glory. Neil Patrick Harris won best actor in a musical for Hedgwig and the Angry Inch. Other big winners Audra McDonald who took her record sixth Tony (for her role as Billie Holiday), and Bryan Cranston, who won for his Broadway debut portraying former President Lyndon B. Johnson. [The New York Times]


Taliban claim responsibility for deadly Pakistan airport attack

An overnight assault on Pakistan's largest international airport left 29 people dead. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Monday, saying the attack, in Karachi, was a response to recent attacks on the Islamist militant group by government forces. Security forces battled the 10 attackers as passengers watched, stranded on planes and inside the airport. After five hours the military reported the last attacker had been killed. [The New York Times]


Hillary Clinton says she will wait to decide on another White House bid

Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she was in no rush to commit to another bid for the presidency in 2016, and might not make a decision until early next year. "I just want to get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall, and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses," she said Sunday. A new poll found approval still high for her performance as secretary of State. [Fox News, The Washington Post]


Nadal wins the French Open... again

Rafael Nadal defeated rival Novak Djokovic, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4, on Sunday to take his record ninth French Open title. It was the fifth time in a row Nadal had won the major tournament. The win allowed Nadal to hold onto his No. 1 ranking. Djokovic, who is No. 2, was trying to win the event for the first time. If he had succeeded, he would have sealed a coveted career Grand Slam. [The Associated Press]


Poroshenko vows to unify Ukraine

In his first address as Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko took a defiant tone against Russia over its annexation of Crimea, declaring that the region "is, was and will be Ukrainian." Poroshenko took the oath of office over the weekend and said in his inaugural address that he would open a dialogue with pro-Russian separatists who have risen up in eastern Ukraine. "I want peace and I will bring unity to Ukraine," he said. [Voice of America]


Thai military tries to smother coup protests

Thailand's military junta extended its crackdown against pro-democracy protesters on Sunday, dispatching 6,000 soldiers and police in Bangkok to tamp down opposition demonstrations. The military, which ousted long-embattled prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra last month, is trying to prevent the protests, which have been brewing since the May 22 coup, from gaining momentum. [Reuters]


Homeland Security improves conditions for immigrant children in warehouse

Federal officials are scrambling to brighten conditions at a southern Arizona warehouse being used to hold hundreds of immigrant children unaccompanied by their parents. Homeland Security officials said they had delivered mattresses, portable toilets, showers, and other supplies for the 700 young migrants. The number of children being held there is expected to grow to 1,400. [The Associated Press]


Malaysia Airlines families raise money for their own investigation

Families of people who were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it disappeared three months ago are trying to raise $5 million in a crowd-funding campaign so they can pay for their own investigation into the mysterious case. Sarah Bajc, whose American partner Philip Wood was one of the 239 passengers, said the group wants "a fresh set of eyes." The money will be used to hire a private investigator and reward whistleblowers. [The Telegraph]


World's oldest man dies at 111 in New York

The oldest man in the world, 111-year-old New Yorker Alexander Imich, died on Sunday. Imich was born in Poland and fled after the Nazi invasion. Imich, who learned five languages, earned a PhD in zoology, and wrote books, credited his health to eating well, exercising as a youth, and avoiding alcohol. Asked once how he lived so long, he said: "I don't know, I simply didn't die earlier." [New York Post]