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At least 80 dead in Kabul bomb attack, US intercepts test missile over Pacific, Flynn expected to hand over subpoenaed documents, and more.

US News

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US Intercepts Test Missile Over Pacific Ocean
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has successfully tested a long-range missile interceptor for the first time. An interceptor was fired from a site in California, destroying a dummy intercontinental ballistic missile fired from the Marshall Islands over the Pacific. Without naming North Korea or any other potential aggressor, Vice Admiral Jim Syring said it "demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat."—The Washington Post


Flynn Will Reportedly Hand Over (Some) Subpoenaed Documents
Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, has agreed to give the Senate intelligence committee at least some documents related to its Russia investigation, according to a source close to the retired general. He had appealed to the Fifth Amendment when documents were subpoenaed earlier this month, but is apparently now ready to hand over business and personal info, with the first set of docs expected by June 6.—CNN

Kathy Griffin Begs Forgiveness for Trump Beheading Pic
Comedian Kathy Griffin has apologized for a photo in which she posed with a mocked-up severed head of President Trump, admitting she went "way too far." Following a barrage of criticism from figures on the left and right, Griffin posted a video apology: "The image is too disturbing, I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny, I get it… I beg for your forgiveness."—USA Today

Ivanka Trump Shoe Factory Investigators Arrested, Missing
A man investigating labor conditions at a Chinese factory producing Ivanka Trump-branded shoes has been arrested, according to his wife. Two other investigators working with Hua Haifeng have also gone missing, according to the New York–based nonprofit China Labor Watch. "They must be held either by the factory or the police to be unreachable," said executive director Li Qiang.—AP

International News

At Least 80 Dead, Hundreds Injured in Kabul Bomb Attack
At least 80 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a tanker truck bomb attack near Zanbaq Square in the Afghan capital of Kabul. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes during the holy month of Ramadan.—VICE News

UN Warns Yemen Faces 'Total' Collapse
The head of the United Nation's humanitarian agency has warned that war-torn Yemen faces a state of "total social, economic, and institutional collapse." Stephen O'Brien said the people of Yemen "are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches." According to the UN, roughly 18.8 million people in the country need humanitarian aid.—BBC News


South Korea to Investigate New THAAD Launchers
South Korean president Moon Jae-in has ordered an investigation at the country's defense ministry after it was revealed four new rocket launchers were deployed at the US military's THAAD anti-missile system site without his office's knowledge. His spokesperson said the ministry had "intentionally dropped" any mention of the four launchers, an omission Moon apparently described as "very shocking."—Reuters

Russia Fires Cruise Missiles on ISIS from the Mediterranean
Russia fired a series of cruise missiles at ISIS targets in Syria on Wednesday from warships positioned in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the country's defense ministry. The strikes are said to have successfully hit ISIS fighters and equipment in or near the city of Palmyra.—CNN

Everything Else

Ariana Grande to Return to Manchester for Benefit Show
Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester this weekend to play a benefit show for the city alongside Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, and Miley Cyrus. All proceeds from Sunday's "One Love Manchester" concert will go to the victims and families affected by the May 22 attack.—Noisey

#Covfefe Trending on Twitter
The apparent typo "covfefe" was trending early Wednesday morning after President Trump tweeted it around midnight. "Despite the constant negative press covfefe," he wrote, to much mirth and confusion.—VICE News

LCD Soundsystem Finish New Album
James Murphy has revealed LCD Soundsystem is finished with its new album, promising to get it released as soon as possible. "Six weeks is the very fastest, I think, but it will likely be longer than that," Murphy wrote in a Facebook post.—Rolling Stone

Nas Brands Trump a Racist
Rap legend Nas has dismissed President Trump as a "racist" in an open letter addressing politics. "We all know a racist is in office," he wrote, accusing Trump of sending "a strong message to people outside of your group that they ain't worth shit."—Mass Appeal

Old Video Shows Trump Aide Joking About Torture
A video of presidential aide Stephen Miller filmed around 2003 shows him calling torture "a celebration of life and human dignity." It was apparently filmed when Miller was high school age. A White House spokesperson said it was a "sketch comedy routine."—VICE News

Uber Fires Engineer at Center of Google Lawsuit
Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, head of the company's automated driving project. The engineer is at the center of a lawsuit Google filed alleging Levandowski stole confidential documents when he left the company.—VICE News