An explosion of unknown origin occurred aboard a speedboat on which the president of the Maldives was riding, and British prime minister David Cameron denied that he put his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig. Martin Shkreli, head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, agreed to lower the cost of Daraprim, a drug that treats toxoplasmosis, after he was criticized for raising the price 5000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 a pill. “We’re doing something very good,” said Shkreli. Read more...
A stampede broke out during the hajj, killing 769 people and injuring at least 934 more. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani accused Saudi officials of incompetence, and Saudi prince Khaled al-Faisal, head of the Central Hajj Committee, blamed the incident on “some pilgrims with African nationalities.” Pope Francis arrived in the United States for a six-day visit, his first as pontiff, during which he addressed a joint session of Congress, held mass at Madison Square Garden, spoke to the U.N. General Assembly, prayed with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, visited a prison, canonized the Spanish missionary Junípero Serra, and attended an event hosted by the actor Mark Wahlberg. Chinese president Xi Jinping made a commitment to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC rebel leader known as Timochenko agreed to sign a peace deal within the next six months. In Menlo Park, California, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi visited the headquarters of Facebook, where he broke into tears after mentioning his mother; and Russian president Vladimir Putin responded to Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s characterization of him as a “gangster.” “How can I be a gangster,” asked Putin, “if I worked for the KGB?”
An explosion of unknown origin occurred aboard a speedboat on which the president of the Maldives was riding, and British prime minister David Cameron denied that he put his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig. Martin Shkreli, head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, agreed to lower the cost of Daraprim, a drug that treats toxoplasmosis, after he was criticized for raising the price more than 5000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 a pill. “We’re doing something very good,” said Shkreli. A judge ruled that the copyright on the song “Happy Birthday to You” was not valid. Ford Motor Company recalled 342,000 Windstar minivans over concerns that their faulty rear axles were incorrectly repaired during a 2010 recall. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned after admitting that over 11 million of the company’s diesel cars had been equipped with technology that artificially lowered emissions during Environmental Protection Agency inspections. A junior minister in the Greek government resigned after comparing the European Union to Auschwitz; and Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, facing a possible government shutdown and attacks from his party’s right wing, announced he would resign from Congress. “Beware,” said Boehner, “of false prophets.”
In New Jersey, an eight-year-old girl was suspended for violating her school’s dress code by wearing a shirt that was the wrong shade of green. In Washington State, the Mercer Island School District banned the game of tag as part of its “hands off” policy, before reinstating the game days later. “Kids get hurt,” said a parent who opposed the ban. “It’s an unfortunate part of life.” Anti-gentrification protesters in London carrying pigs’ heads and torches burned a police officer in effigy outside a cereal café, and a Florida man was charged with a felony after allegedly stealing a metal spoon worth $1.12 from a Walmart so that he could eat his Cap’n Crunch. A man in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who shot himself in the penis was arrested after lying to police about the incident, and a man in Brooklyn who was startled by police while publicly urinating accidentally shot himself in the groin. In Florida, a man was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy after pointing a stapler at the officer. Polk County sheriff Grady Judd defended the deputy’s actions. “We don’t choose to shoot people,” he said. “People choose for us to shoot them.”