Strike in France deepens as railway workers join in
Transport chaos hit France again on Wednesday, just nine days ahead of Euro 2016, as railway workers went on strike in the latest salvo of a months-long battle between the government and unions. Between a third and half of France's trains were expected to grind to a halt, as workers from railway operator SNCF launched their eighth strike in three months, this time saying it will continue until demands for better pay and conditions are met. The action has piled further pressure on the already deeply unpopular Socialist government, which has been besieged by months of protests and work stoppages over a controversial labor reform bill.
Trump Versus Press, publicity battle thickens
The press should be ashamed of themselves," a defensive Trump railed during a Tuesday news conference at Trump Tower, called to announce a list of 41 charities that received a cut of the money he raised during a highly publicized January fundraiser.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee had previously declined to disclose which charities had received the $6 million he'd claimed to have raised, and his campaign had gone back and forth about how much pledged money had come through. The Washington Post had pressed for an accounting of the donations, and several charities said they received checks just last week.
Throughout Tuesday's 40-minute question-and-answer session, Trump accused the media of being "unbelievably dishonest" in their treatment of him.
"I sent people checks of a lot of money. ... And instead of being like, 'Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,' or 'Trump did a good job,' everyone's saying: 'Who got (the money)? Who got it? Who got it?' And you make me look very bad," he complained. "I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job."
While Trump has frequently made the media a punching bag, calling out reporters during his signature rallies, the taunts Tuesday were intense, even for him. The billionaire mogul interrupted his recitation of the list of groups receiving portions of the money to complain about the way reporters had called up charities to try to verify his contributions. He called the political press "disgusting" and dismissed one ABC News reporter as "a sleaze."
While Trump's fundraiser, held opposite a Fox News debate he chose to boycott, should have been a positive story for Trump, his campaign's refusal to disclose details about the money raised became a sticking point. Trump insisted Tuesday that "most of the money went out quite a while ago," but that didn't seem to be the case.
Indeed, more than a dozen big checks were rushed out of New York early last week, bound for veterans charities around the country. The largest, a $1 million check dated May 24 and drawn from Trump's personal account, was addressed to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, a small Tuckahoe, New York, group that provides scholarships to the children of fallen Marines. The foundation had presented Trump with an award at its 2015 gala held at a ritzy New York hotel.
Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, had originally told the Post that the Iowa event had raised about $4.5 million — less than the $6 million originally announced by Trump — because some who'd pledged contributions had backed out.
Appearing Tuesday on CNN, Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton said she was glad Trump had finally given out the promised money.
"The problem here is the difference between what Donald Trump says and what Donald Trump does," Clinton said. "He's bragged for months about raising $6 million for vets and donating $1 million himself, but it took a reporter to shame him into actually making the contribution."
Trump repeatedly insisted during the news conference that he didn't want "credit" for the contributions. However, he hadn't appeared shy about giving away poster-size checks at campaign events in the weeks after the fundraiser.
On Jan. 30, just before the Iowa caucuses, he gave a $100,000 check to the Puppy Jake Foundation, which provides service dogs to wounded veterans. Representatives from the foundation, accompanied by several service dogs, accepted the check at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa, where Trump was being interviewed on stage.
Trump, who has refused calls to moderate his tone and temperament, also said he has no plans to change his tone with the press if he's elected to the White House.
"Yeah, it is going to be like this," he said of potential future news conferences led by a President Trump.
Amber Heard explains why she wants $50,000 monthly spousal support from Johnny Depp
The actress outlined her income and expenses in a document filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court. Heard says she has made almost $27,000 so far this year -- as of May 31 -- from residuals from her appearances in projects including "The Cleveland Show" and "Magic Mike XXL." And she claims almost $44,000 a month in expenses. Included in her line items is $10,000 a month for rent, $10,000 a month for entertainment, gifts and vacations, $2,000 a month for eating out, $3,000 a month in health care costs not paid for by insurance and a combined $10,000 a month for pet supplies and fees for her public relations, agent and attorney. CNN has reached out to reps for both Heard and Depp regarding her filing.
Heard, 30, recently filed for divorce from actor Johnny Depp, 52, whom she married in February 2015. Depp reportedly pockets about $20 million a picture and Celebrity Net Worth estimates his fortune at around $400 million . Though barely a week old, the Heard/ Depp divorce proceeding is already contentious. Heard has accused Depp of abuse, which the actor has staunchly denied. Heard has fought back against accusations that she is using spousal abuse allegations to force Depp to pay her money. On Friday Heard applied for and received a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband after she claimed he had been volatile and abusive during their relationship - most recently alleging battery with a cell phone on May 21. Depp rejected Heard's claims of domestic violence in a "memorandum of points and authorities" he filed in answer to her request for a restraining order. Amber Heard granted restraining order against Johnny Depp "Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse," Depp's legal document said. "Her current application for a temporary restraining order along with her financial requests appears to be in response to negative media attention she received earlier this week after filing for divorce." Heard's attorneys also released a statement Tuesday explaining why the actress initially declined to talk to the Los Angeles Police Department when they were contacted following the alleged May 21 incident. They said that, "As the result of Amber's decision to decline giving an initial statement to the LAPD, her silence has been used against her by Johnny's team." "Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny's career," the statement went on to say. "Johnny's team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media." LAPD reportedly said last week that they had found no evidence of assault at the time and Heard declined to file a police report. Her attorneys said Heard filed a claim with the LAPD on Tuesday which is currently being investigated.
Bayer take over of Monsanto will take time Taking over US agrochemicals giant Monsanto will take time, the head of German chemicals and pharmaceuticals group Bayer said in a magazine interview Wednesday. "Our planned takeover of Monsanto will be a marathon rather than a sprint," chief executive Werner Baumann told the weekly WirtschaftsWoche in an interview to be published on Friday. In particular, getting the deal past the cartel authorities could be a long haul, Baumann said.
Bayer, a household name thanks to its painkiller Aspirin, said this week that it is offering $122 per share in cash for Monsanto -- $62 billion (55 billion euros) in total. If successful, it would be the biggest foreign takeover by a German company and would create a new world leader in seeds, pesticides and genetically modified (GM) crops
Cleveland and Golden State warriors meet again in NBA Finals for the 14th time
A rematch will decide. Cleveland and Golden State are about to reunite in the NBA Finals, starting Thursday night in Oakland, California. It's the 14th Finals rematch. A good sign for Cleveland, which lost to Golden State last season: Six of the last seven teams that lost the Finals one year won the rematch encounter. A good sign for Golden State: The only exception to that trend came in 1997 and 1998, when Utah Jazz lost back-to-back to the Chicago Bulls — a team that featured current Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Of the previous 13 rematches, defending champions have retained their title six times.