Sam's Top 5 Things to Know for Monday

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1. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s London Terror Attacks

British police arrested a dozen people Sunday in a widening terrorism investigation after attackers using a van and large knives turned a balmy evening of nightlife into a bloodbath and killed seven people in the heart of London. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

Although the attackers were also dead, authorities raced to determine whether they had accomplices, and Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the country faced a new threat from copycat attacks.

President Donald Trump spoke out on the latest London terror attacks on Sunday night, vowing to do whatever was needed to protect his country from a "vile enemy."

Giving his first public comments on the attacks, Trump said, "This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end." He was appearing with First Lady Melania Trump at a fundraiser for Ford's Theater in Washington, the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Trump went on to say, "America sends our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies to the victims of this evil slaughter and we renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life, and it's gone on too long. As president I will do what is necessary to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores and work every day to protect the safety and security to our country, our communities and our people."


2. Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur during interview on HBO

Associated Press: Bill Maher apologized Saturday for using a racial slur to describe himself as a house slave during a live segment for his HBO talk show.

There was instant backlash on social media after the comic and host used the word when responding to guest Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska's question, "Would you like to come work in the field with us?"

"Work in the fields?" asked Maher. "Senator, I am a house n—er."  The comedian immediately waved off audience groans and said, "It's a joke.”

HBO said the remark was "completely inexcusable and tasteless" and the segment would not be re-aired.

Maher said in a statement Saturday, "Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I'm up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn't have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry."


3. Trump doesn’t look like he’ll be blocking Comey’s testimony at a key public hearing

Channel 5: Days before a highly anticipated hearing, President Donald Trump appears unlikely to try and block fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying, as a Senate panel pledged aggressive questioning into whether the president sought to obstruct a probe into his campaign's relationship with Russia.

Comey, ousted last month amid the FBI investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia, is set to testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee. The public hearing is expected to shed light on his private conversations with Trump in the weeks before his dismissal, including one discussion in which Trump allegedly asked Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russian contacts.

There's been no final decision as to whether Trump would invoke executive privilege, and the matter remains under discussion. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues.

Lawmakers from both parties urged Trump not to stand in the way of Comey's testimony.


4. Online Game Words with Friends Adds 'Covfefe' to Its List

Channel 5: The popular mobile word game Words With Friends has added one of the internet's most popular typos in recent days — "covfefe."

The mysterious term that President Donald Trump tweeted has spread like wildfire on social media and the Scrabble-like multiplayer game has jumped aboard, defining the word as "the amount and quality of reporting when autocorrect fails you at 3am."

Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster checked in with an eye-rolling tweet, and dozens of definitions have been submitted to the Urban Dictionary website, which crowdsources slang terms.


5. Box Office: 'Wonder Woman' Opens to Historic $100.5M

Hollywood reporter: The tentpole lands the top domestic debut of all time for a female director, and launches the first major studio film franchise featuring a female superhero; overseas, the pic takes in $122.5 million for a $223 million global bow.

In a defining moment for Hollywood's gender problem, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman grossed a winning $100.5 million from 4,165 theaters in its domestic box-office debut over the weekend, the biggest opening ever for a female director.

And overseas, Wonder Woman also won the weekend with $122.5 million from 55 markets for a global bow of $223 million, including a No. 1 debut in China with $38 million.

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