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Happening Today: Putin, Russia Probe, Honeybees, Zika, Venus Williams

What to Know

  • Trump will meet with Russian President Putin at the summit of industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany, the White House says
  • A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study
  • Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report

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Trump to Meet Putin at G-20 Summit, White House Says

President Trump will convene a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Putin at the summit of industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany next week, the White House said, amid swirling allegations about Moscow's role in the 2016 elections. National security adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed that Trump will meet with Putin along the sidelines of the annual Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, part of an itinerary that will include meetings with several world leaders. Trump's first in-person encounter with Putin has been highly anticipated as Trump pushes back against allegations that some of his associates may have had contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and the transition. When asked about whether Trump will discuss Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election with Putin, Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: "I'm not going to get ahead of the president's conversation."

House Panel Threatens White House With Subpoena Over Comey Tape Request

Bipartisan leaders on the House Intelligence Committee are threatening a subpoena if the White House doesn't clarify whether any recordings, memoranda or other documents exist of President Trump's meetings with fired FBI Director James Comey. The panel had previously set a June 23 deadline for the White House to respond to its request. The day before, Trump said in a series of tweets that he "did not make, and do not have, any such recordings" but also said he has "no idea" if tapes or recordings of his conversations with Comey exist. The White House then responded to the committee request by referring to Trump's tweets. The committee had asked for any recordings after Trump suggested there may be tapes. He did so just days after he fired Comey, who was leading an investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russian officials. Trump has disputed Comey's assertion that the president asked him for a pledge of loyalty during a dinner meeting they had.

Large Study Links Key Pesticide to Weakened Honeybee Hives

A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries. For more than a decade, the populations of honeybees and other key pollinators have been on the decline, and scientists have been trying to figure out what's behind the drop, mostly looking at a combination of factors that include disease, parasites, poor diet and pesticides. Other studies, mostly lab experiments, have pointed to problems with the insecticides called neonicotinoids, but the new research done in Britain, Hungary and Germany is the largest field study yet. Researchers planted about 7.7 square miles of fields of rapeseed, which is made into cooking oil, called canola in America. Some of the fields were planted with seeds treated with the insecticide, others with untreated seeds. The researchers followed bees from the spring of 2015 when the seeds flowered to the following spring when new bees were born. The bee hives in the Hungarian and British fields that used pesticide-treated seeds did worse surviving through the next winter, the researchers found.

Science Says: Pregnant or Trying? Don't Let Zika Guard Down

The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be. While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year's peak in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, Zika hasn't disappeared from the region and remains a potential threat. It's hard to predict how much risk people face in locales with smoldering infection, or if cases might spike again. For now, pregnant women still are being urged not to travel to a country or area with even a few reported cases of Zika, because the consequences can be disastrous for a fetus' brain. Those trying to conceive, and their partners, are advised to check with their doctor on how long to wait after visiting a location with active Zika infection.

Venus Williams at Fault in Fatal Car Crash, Police Say

Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report. Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash that injured 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later. The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson's wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams' SUV. Linda Barson told investigators that she was approaching the intersection when her light turned green and that she was unable to stop in time. Linda Barson suffered unspecified moderate injuries. Williams, who turned 37 on June 17, was not hurt. She told investigators she had entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her. She said she did not see the Barsons' car when she crossed into their lanes.

Biggie Smalls' Mom Slams Jenner Sisters Trying to Get Money With T-Shirts Bearing His Image

Christopher Wallace’s mother Voletta Wallace took to Instagram to blast Kendall and Kylie Jenner for using images of her son, aka The Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac on their new line of vintage t-shirts. "The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me," she wrote on Instagram. "I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt. This is disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!" Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne's likeness was also featured on some of the shirts in the sisters' line, and the musician's wife, Sharon Osbourne, tweeted criticism Thursday as well. "Girls, you haven't earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know.lip gloss," she tweeted. The shirts, which were priced at $125 apiece, have been removed from the Kendall + Kylie website, according to the Daily News.

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