Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. Kobe's Magic Ending Outshines Warriors on Historic Night
Mamba out. In the final game of his storied career, Kobe Bryant scored 60 points and even managed to overshadow the Golden State Warriors as they became the greatest team in NBA history. Read more in NEWS.
2. Golden State Warriors Win No. 73, Set Record For Best Season
With a 125-104 rout of Memphis Grizzlies before a joyful sellout crowd at Oracle Arena Wednesday night, the Warriors concluded the regular season with a 73-9 record, the best in league history. Read more at NBC SPORTS.
3. Charges Against Trump Staffer to Be Dropped: Report
Florida prosecutors will announce Thursday whether they plan to prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on a battery charge in connection with former Breitbart News Network reporter Michelle Fields, Fields said Wednesday. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Airline Hits TSA Over Hour-Long Delays and Missed Flights
If you think the waits at airport security are bad now, just wait until summer. That's the warning from American Airlines, the latest in a growing chorus of Transportation Security Administration critics who say the agency isn't doing enough to make sure passengers make their flights. Read more in NEWS.
5. Russia to U.S.: No Need for 'Painful Reaction' to Flyby
Russia said Thursday it does not understand the "painful reaction from our American colleagues" after two of its warplanes made low passes over a U.S. Navy destroyer. The Su-24 fighter jets were filmed "buzzing" the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, about 70 miles from Russia's Kaliningrad province, on Monday and Tuesday. Read more in NEWS.
6. Doctors Have Debunked De Niro's Vaccine Fears
Actor Robert De Niro is the latest celebrity to say he thinks vaccines might cause autism. But decades of study have shown no link at all, and scientists are becoming increasingly impatient with the refusal to accept their findings. Read more in HEALTH.
7. Zika Definitely Causes Birth Defects, CDC Says
There’s no longer any doubt that the Zika virus causes birth defects, federal health officials said Wednesday. The evidence has been piling up and there really had not been any doubt that Zika was causing horrific brain damage to unborn babies. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made it official Wednesday in a publication rushed into the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more in HEALTH.
8. 'Life of Pi' Tiger Trainer Charged With Animal Cruelty
A Canadian zoo owner whose Bengal tiger starred in the "Life of Pi" resigned Wednesday after he was charged with five counts of animal cruelty. The allegations first arose last December, after animal rights activists posted an undercover video online purporting to show the owner, Michael Hackenberger, whipping a tiger. Read more in NEWS.