5 things you need to know Tuesday
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5 things you need to know Tuesday

June 9, 2015

Source: USA Today

1. NBA Finals head to Cleveland for Game 3

The Golden State Warriors are heading into Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cavaliers for Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals. The series is currently tied 1-1 after two epic overtime battles in Oakland that drew the largest Finals television audience in many years. LeBron James earned his fifth Finals triple-double in Game 2, giving Cleveland its first Finals win in franchise history. The win also reignited Cavaliers fans’ hopes after a Game 1 defeat that saw the loss of point guard Kyrie Irving for the rest of the series to a fractured knee cap. Warriors star and NBA MVP Stephen Curry hopes to bounce back from a lackluster performance in Game 2.

2. New cholesterol-lowering drugs face FDA

The medical merits of powerful new cholesterol-lowering drugs will be debated Tuesday and Wednesday by an advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration. The new drugs, called PCSK9 inhibitors, could be used to help people who either can’t tolerate statins’ side effects, or who can’t lower their cholesterol enough with statins alone, said Elliott Antman, president of the American Heart Association. Critics note they could also raise spending on health care by tens of billions of dollars.

3. Former House speaker appears in court

Dennis Hastert is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday, breaking a nearly two-week silence since prosecutors unveiled charges alleging that he lied to the FBI about illegally structured bank withdrawals he made to pay off someone from his past to keep quiet about decades-old wrongdoing. Hastert, the longest-serving GOP speaker in history, and his legal team have not commented since the charges were made public on May 28, and the former speaker’s first court appearance is expected to be brief.

4. Younger workers worried retirement years won’t be so golden

Among Gen Xers who were still working, 74% were most likely to believe they’ll be financially stressed in retirement based on how they are currently putting money away. Among Millennials, 67% had the same fear. The report released Tuesday by Bank of America and Merrill Edge says 59% of current retirees aren’t worried about money because of how they saved. Some of that disparity can be attributed to members of the younger generations simply fearing the unknown.

5. First same-sex couple marries in Guam

Nikki Dismuke and Deasia Johnson became the first same-sex couple to wed in Guam, as they exchanged vows shortly after receiving their marriage license at the Department of Public Health and Social Services Tuesday morning. A same-sex couple sued the governor and Office of Vital Statistics registrar in April, after they were denied a marriage application because of an existing law that restricted marriage to heterosexual couples. On Friday, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood declared that law unconstitutional, paving the way for gay and lesbian couples to apply for marriage licenses in the U.S. territory.

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