Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. How Prince Fought Big Labels for Artistic Control
The iconic musician and producer, who was found dead Thursday at his estate, was an early champion of artists’ rights and fighting big label dominance. The superstar led the modern day charge against free music streaming and unfair pay structures for artists — and he did it alone. Read more in NBC BLK.
2. Ex-Wife of Prince Is 'Devastated' by His Death
Mayte Garcia, who reportedly was the inspiration for his 1994 song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," said Thursday that the she will love Prince "eternally" and that the artist was reunited with their deceased son. Read more in POP CULTURE.
3. Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Climate Change
On Earth Day last year, none of the Republicans currently running even acknowledged climate change in any public comments. On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders believe it is a critical challenge facing the world. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Bernie Sanders Eases Off, Then Tees Off On Clinton
In his first campaign appearance since a crucial loss in New York’s primary, Sanders on Thursday dialed back his rhetoric on Clinton — only to ramp it back up later in the day. Her rout Tuesday all but crushed any remaining hope for Sanders to find a viable path to the Democratic presidential nomination. Read more in POLITICS.
5. Obama Urges British Voters to Reject Exit From E.U.
President Barack Obama intervened Friday in Britain's acrimonious national poll on European Union membership, urging U.K. voters to reject calls to quit the political bloc. Read more in NEWS.
6. Terror Suspect Plotted Beheadings From Jail: Prosecutors
A Rhode Island man awaiting trial on terrorism charges was plotting with others to behead people in the U.S., and was one of three men accused of wanting to behead New York woman Pamela Geller, who organized last year's Draw Muhammad contest in Texas. Read more in NEWS.
7. Girl, 16, Dies After Student Attack in High School Bathroom
An autopsy will be performed Friday of a 16-year-old student who died at a Wilmington, Delaware, high school after getting into an altercation with several female students. Some who knew about the fight said it stemmed from a dispute over a boy. Read more at NBC Philadelphia.
Fans remembered Prince overnight with purple tributes, dance parties and tweets following the pop maestro's sudden death at 57.