June 6, 2017: What to Know 

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  • An intelligence contractor has been charged with leaking classified information to the news media, including details about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Washington Post reported it was an "easy trail" that led investigators to Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a government contractor accused to sending information to online news outlet The Intercept. According to The Post, The Intercept story contained detailed info on how Russians hacked into U.S. voting software in the days before the November 2016 presidential election. Winner worked in the Georgia offices of Pluribus International Corporation, a contractor for U.S. government intelligence agencies.
  • The New York Times this morning reported drug overdose fatalities in America reached an estimated 59,000 last year—the largest annual jump ever recorded in the U.S. and exceeding the peak number of Americans killed in car crashes, reached in 1972. The Times gathered data from hundreds of health departments, county coroners and medical examiners from across the nation. Health experts said they are worried about heroin use and drug traffickers shifting production from black tar to large quantities of powdered heroin.
  • According to the Bureau of Land Management, lightning is to blame for a fast moving fire that swept across 642 acres of Elmore County Sunday night. The fire, which was fueled by high winds, destroyed four outbuildings. Crews were expected to remain on the scene until Tuesday afternoon.
  • Apple has joined the growing home speaker/personal assistant marketplace, currently controlled by Amazon's Echo and Google's Home. On Monday, Apple unveiled HomePod, which will be available in December.
  • The Nashville Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night, 4-1, to tie up the Stanley Cup championship at two games apiece. ESPN is calling the performance from Predators goalie Pekka Rinne "otherworldly." The same teams are back on the ice Thursday, when the Stanley Cup returns to Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, after some critics said television audiences might turn away from a series featuring mid-market teams, NBC is enjoying some of its highest prime-time Stanley Cup ratings in years.
  • Speaking of sports, Al Pacino is set to star as infamous Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an HBO movie. The Hollywood Reporter said the film, to be directed by Barry Levinson, will chronicle the legendary coach who fell from grace when he became tangled in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

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