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10 things you need to know today: May 27, 2016

Harold Maass
Obama in Hiroshima
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Obama calls for 'moral awakening' in historic Hiroshima visit

President Obama visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to travel to the city since the U.S. destroyed it with an atomic bomb at the end of World War II. Obama said the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed 210,000, proved mankind had "the means to destroy itself." He did not apologize for the attacks, but called for a nuclear-free future "in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not known as the dawn of atomic warfare, but as the start of our own moral awakening." [The New York Times, The Associated Press]


Trump clinches the Republican presidential nomination

Donald Trump has reached the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, The Associated Press reported Thursday. The backing of unbound North Dakota delegates put him over the top. Trump said he was "honored" by GOP voters' support, and used the occasion to take a swipe at his likely general-election rival, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. "Here I am watching Hillary fight, and she can't close the deal," he said. "We've had tremendous support from almost everybody." [The Associated Press]


Antibiotic-resistant superbug found in U.S. for first time

A person has been diagnosed with a bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort for the first time in the U.S., according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The case could be a sign that "the end of the road isn't very far away for antibiotics," said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bacteria can become resistant due to overuse of antibiotics in medicine and food production. [The Washington Post]


Sanders concedes in Kentucky after recanvass confirms Clinton win

A recanvass of votes confirmed that Hillary Clinton won Kentucky's Democratic presidential primary, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday afternoon. Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, demanded a recount — with the delegates evenly split and one still up for grabs — after the original unofficial vote totals reported by the state Board of Elections put Clinton up by 1,924 votes. After the counties reported their certified results, Clinton's lead narrowed to 1,911 votes. Sanders responded by conceding the state to Clinton. [Louisville Courier-Journal, Chicago Tribune]


Dozens of migrants feared dead after second boat capsizes in two days

As many as 30 migrants are feared to have drowned Thursday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya. Vessels from a European Union task force and the Italian coast guard rescued 77 people. It was the second time in two days that a crowded boat with refugees and migrants had tipped over in the Mediterranean. An Italian naval vessel rescued 562 migrants from a capsized boat on Wednesday. About 6,000 migrants heading for Europe have been rescued at sea this week. [BBC News, Reuters]


Trump says he would debate Sanders to raise money for charity

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday that he would accept a challenge to debate Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders, but only if the event raised $10 million for charity. Earlier in the day, Trump had said he was "just kidding" when he agreed on Wednesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live to debate Sanders before the June 7 California primary. Sanders' campaign manager pressured Trump, telling him not to "chicken out." Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, said the Trump-Sanders debate proposal was "not serious." [Politico, Deadline]


Snapchat raises $1.8 billion

Snapchat raised $1.8 billion in a new round of fundraising, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The latest infusion of $200 million this week valued the image messaging app company at $20 billion. Facebook offered $4 billion for Snapchat in 2013. Some critics have questioned whether Snapchat's income justifies a lofty valuation. According to leaked data obtained by TechCrunch, Snapchat, with 110 million daily active users, generated $59 million in revenue during the 2015 fiscal year. [USA Today, TechCrunch]


Iraq retakes a key town from ISIS

Iraqi security forces, aided by militia fighters, took back the strategically important town of Karma from the Islamic State, Iraq's Joint Operations Command said Thursday. Iraqi forces have been trying to drive ISIS from Karma for nearly a year, add the victory marked the first significant success in an offensive aiming to reclaim the city of Fallujah. "We are all united to liberate Fallujah and save its people from the terror of ISIS," Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a tweet. [CNN]


Louisiana governor signs 'Blue Lives Matter' law

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed a law on Thursday making it a hate crime to make police officers the target of abuse. Critics of the legislation argued that adding law enforcement personnel to the list of groups protected under hate-crime diluted the meaning of the statute, and was not necessary to protect police. The Republican author of the bill, Rep. Lance Harris, said it gave officers "an extra level of protection" in the face of "a deliberate campaign to terrorize our officers." A similar "Blue Lives Matter" bill is pending in Congress. [The New York Times]


Scripps spelling bee ends in tie for third straight year

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third year in a row on Thursday. Jairam Hathwar, 13, and Nihar Saireddy Janga, 11, shared the title after a 20-plus-round showdown. After the previous ties, Scripps imposed new rules making the last two spellers go through three times as many words as before. The two Indian American boys nearly didn't tie after Jairam twice misspelled words, but both times Nihar missed, too. "I'm just speechless," Nihar said after it was over. "I can't say anything. I'm only in fifth grade." [The Washington Post, The Associated Press]