Breakfast Briefing: The need-to-know stories for Monday morning, 6.13.2016

The latest on Orlando; Contrasting responses from the campaign trail; Facebook turns on Safety Check for first time in the U.S.; FDA blood-donation rules for gay men in the spotlight; TV networks adjust their plans.

The scene at a vigil in Minneapolis after Sunday morning's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. (Image CC BY 2.0, By https://www.flickr.com/photos/fibonacciblue).
The scene at a vigil in Minneapolis after Sunday morning's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. (Image CC BY 2.0, By https://www.flickr.com/photos/fibonacciblue).

World mourns Orlando shooting victims
The mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, is leading the news cycle around the globe on Monday morning. Omar Mateen, identified as the shooter, reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State as he killed 50 people and wounded 53 others. The terrorist group’s official radio outlet called Mateen "one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America" on Monday morning. Mateen’s father posted a video on Facebook this morning expressing anti-gay views, but was unclear on what his son’s motivations may have been.

Facebook turns on Safety Check
The platform activated its Safety Check feature on Sunday for the first time in the U.S., allowing users to tell their friends and family members that they’re safe after a disaster or crisis. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a post on Sunday expressing condolences for the victims.

Contrasting responses from the campaign trail
The first statements from both major presidential candidates on Twitter were a contrast in styles, with Donald Trump’s seemingly self-congratulatory tweet receiving blowback on social media. Trump said later on Sunday that President Barack Obama should step down for not using the term "radical Islam" in his address to the country that afternoon. After a week filled with intra-party squabbling, Trump has a speech on terrorism and Hillary Clinton’s record scheduled for today. Clinton began running her first campaign ads of the general election over the weekend.

Crisis puts attention on FDA blood-donation rules
Although authorities are calling for the public to donate blood, gay and bisexual men are banned from doing so by Food and Drug Administration rules unless they abstain from sex for one year. Human Rights Campaign and other groups have criticized the ban.

TV networks adjust their plans
TNT delayed the two-hour season premiere of The Last Ship, scheduled for Sunday night, out of respect for the victims. Tony Awards host James Corden emotionally addressed the attacks while kicking off the ceremony on Sunday night. Actor Frank Langella and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda both addressed the events during the broadcast.

What to know on Monday morning: Walgreens cuts ties with Theranos, closes dozens of testing centers in Arizona. Hamilton wins 11 Tony awards. Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup four games to one over San Jose. Apple’s WWDC 2016 to focus on software enhancements

This article was updated on June 13 to correct the number of games the Pittsburgh Penguins won in the Stanley Cup. It was four, not three.

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