8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Jun 03 2015

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made a distasteful transgender joke at a recent convention in Nashville, Tennessee, saying, "I wish someone had told me when I was in high school that I could've felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE." (Buzzfeed)
For the first time in 25 years, shootings in New York City have been rising for two straight years — 98 of the 135 killings through May involved a gun. (The New York Times)
New York City-based artist, Hula, is redefining beauty by painting breathtaking, waterfront murals while balancing on a surfboard. (CNN)
Fox's Empire might have a new rival. VH1 has compiled a stellar cast for its upcoming hip-hop drama, The Breaks, including Wood Harris (The Wire), Mack "Tristan" Wilds (90210) and David Call (Gossip Girl). Look out, Lucious. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Slow down those swipes — dating apps may not be worth it. On Tuesday, The Rhode Island Department of Health reported that the increase in sexually transmitted diseases in 2014 are partially due to "high-risk behaviors," including "using social media to arrange casual, and often anonymous sexual encounters." (RI Government)
According to the NAACP's latest study, African-American and Latino retail employees get paid and are promoted less than their white colleagues. (Associated Press)
Bazinga! The Big Bang Theory characters have been made into a LEGO living room set. (Entertainment Weekly)
Last year, Americans liposuctioned 2.7 million pounds of fat, which is equal to 180 elephants. (Botched).

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