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  • Trump defense on Russian bounty story falls flat, even with Republicans
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    Trump defense on Russian bounty story falls flat, even with Republicans

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany continued to defend President Trump on Tuesday in the wake of reporting by the New York Times and confirmation by other news outlets that intelligence officials had concluded in 2019 that Russia's government offered bounties to Taliban fighters for killing American troops in Afghanistan. One day after telling reporters that Trump had not been briefed on the alleged Russian bounties — contradicting reports that the intelligence was included in at least one President's Daily Brief in 2019 — McEnany was asked why the president does not read those documents.

  • Miami Herald

    Miami-Dade cop relieved of duty for hitting woman taunting him for ‘acting like you white’

    A Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duty after body-camera footage surfaced Wednesday night of him hitting a woman who was yelling at him at Miami International Airport. The video, obtained by the Miami Herald, shows a masked officer speaking to a Black woman in a terminal on Wednesday, when she becomes irate and begins taunting him. Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez, in a series of tweets on Wednesday night, said he has asked Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to investigate the use of force.

  • The rate of positive coronavirus tests is increasing. Here's a state-by-state breakdown.
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    The rate of positive coronavirus tests is increasing. Here's a state-by-state breakdown.

    Coronavirus case counts are ticking up across the country, and medical experts say the increases can't be explained by ramped-up testing alone. As of Tuesday, 30 states and territories had seen new coronavirus cases increase by 25 percent or more over the previous two weeks, with Arizona, Texas, California and Florida recording the greatest gains since Memorial Day. President Donald Trump has attributed the jump in cases to an increase in testing, but health experts say decreased social distancing is the culprit, and an NBC News analysis of state test and case data shows that COVID-19 case counts are rising even in places where testing is coming down.

  • The Air Force's Masterplan to Make the F-15 Fighter Even More Deadly
    The National Interest

    The Air Force's Masterplan to Make the F-15 Fighter Even More Deadly

    Air-to-air missiles, ground-fired weapons such as air defenses and approaching enemy aircraft all contain an electronic signature. This is a modern warfare reality now inspiring a U.S. Air Force effort to upgrade its F-15s with new electronic warfare (EW) weapons. For the last several years, the service has been in the process of testing, engineering and integrating a new Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) into its fleet of F-15s to, quite simply, keep pace with fast-changing threats.

  • Associated Press

    Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to 'maggots'

    A bishop suspended a suburban Indianapolis Catholic priest from public ministry on Wednesday for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers to “maggots and parasites” in a recent church bulletin. Bishop Timothy Doherty, of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, took the action against the Rev. Theodore Rothrock, of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, for comments that the pastor wrote Sunday in the weekly bulletin. “The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own,” Rothrock wrote.

  • Fact check: Picture of a massive dust cloud is over Phoenix, not Puerto Rico
    USA TODAY

    Fact check: Picture of a massive dust cloud is over Phoenix, not Puerto Rico

    Editor's note: The Facebook post mentioned below has since been deleted. The claim: A photo depicts largest ever dust cloud over Puerto Rico which caused damages Last week, a huge cloud of Sahara dust traveled over the Caribbean and the Southern U.S. A second wave of dust is predicted to hit other parts of the U.S. later this week. While no infrastructural concerns were expected, a June 23 Facebook post claims that the dusty weather phenomenon has wrecked devastation on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.

  • Simon Cheng: UK asylum for ex-consulate worker 'tortured in China'
    BBC

    Simon Cheng: UK asylum for ex-consulate worker 'tortured in China'

    A former employee of the UK's Hong Kong consulate who alleged he was tortured in China has been granted political asylum in Britain. Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen, was detained on a business trip to mainland China for 15 days last August. Beijing accused Mr Cheng of inciting political unrest amid anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

  • The New York City Council passed a budget to defund the NYPD by $1 billion — but nobody seems to like it
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    The New York City Council passed a budget to defund the NYPD by $1 billion — but nobody seems to like it

    The New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday agreed on a budget that strips the New York Police Department of $1 billion in funding. The move came in response to nationwide protests to defund police departments in the wake of George Floyd's death. The New York City Council passed a budget Tuesday that takes $1 billion away from the New York City Police Department.

  • Terry Crews and the Toxic ‘Black Supremacy’ Myth
    The Daily Beast

    Terry Crews and the Toxic ‘Black Supremacy’ Myth

    Actor Terry Crews fears an imaginary future where reverse racism—to date, a fiction—reigns supreme. With these tweets, Crews seemed to be pointing to the increasing prevalence of pro-Black stances within Black communities, especially Black-activist circles and saying that they're too much—dangerous, even. Many popular Black pundits, actors, and commentators moved to call him in and out online, expressing outrage that a prominent Black figure like Crews is using his platform to espouse “all lives matter” talking points.

  • Amid surge in coronavirus cases and mounting criticism, GOP leaders do about-face on masks
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    Amid surge in coronavirus cases and mounting criticism, GOP leaders do about-face on masks

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage large swaths of the U.S., leading Republicans and even some right-wing television personalities have now come out in favor of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus. “We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday. McConnell explained that wearing a face mask is less an act of self-preservation than one of altruism, since the primary function of a face mask, respirator or cloth covering is to keep the wearer from spreading his or her own viral particles to others.

  • Iran police question four after deadly Tehran blast
    AFP

    Iran police question four after deadly Tehran blast

    Iranian police on Wednesday questioned four people as part of investigations into a powerful explosion that killed 19 people at a Tehran clinic the night before, state media reported. The blast at the Sina At'har health centre in the upmarket northern neighbourhood of Tajrish caused damage to nearby buildings and sent a plume of thick black smoke into the sky. It was the second such incident to hit Tehran within days, after a gas tank explosion near a military complex east of the capital late last Thursday that authorities said caused no casualties.

  • The 20 Best Deals from REI’s Fourth of July Sale
    Popular Mechanics

    The 20 Best Deals from REI’s Fourth of July Sale

    Save up to 50 percent on camping equipment, hiking gear, and clothing. From Popular Mechanics

  • Target customer confronts employee in Black Lives Matter mask
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    Target customer confronts employee in Black Lives Matter mask

    An employee at a Target store on Long Island, New York, said she was confronted by a customer who demanded she remove a Black Lives Matter mask because the woman found it offensive. A video posted to Instagram by the Target employee after the interaction Thursday shows the customer outside the store being asked to leave by security for "disturbing business." ”We want everyone who shops and works at Target to feel welcomed and respected,” a Target spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday.

  • Judge deals setback to key Trump policy limiting asylum
    Associated Press

    Judge deals setback to key Trump policy limiting asylum

    A federal judge has knocked down a cornerstone border policy of the Trump administration that denies asylum to people who travel through other countries to reach the U.S.-Mexico border without first seeking protection in those countries. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled that authorities violated federal rule-making procedures by not seeking public feedback before putting the policy into effect in July 2019. The impact of Kelly's ruling is diminished by a coronavirus pandemic-related measure that was imposed in March to quickly expel people who cross the border illegally and block asylum-seekers at official crossings.

  • Martin Gugino, the Buffalo protester pushed to the ground and injured by police, released after nearly a month in hospital
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    Martin Gugino, the Buffalo protester pushed to the ground and injured by police, released after nearly a month in hospital

    The 75-year-old man who fell to the ground after being pushed by Buffalo police officers in June was released Tuesday from a local hospital. Martin Gugino sustained a brain injury and a fractured skull related to the June 4 incident that prompted a national outcry, leading to the arrest of two officers on charges of assault and intentionally pushing him. His lawyer, Kelly Zarcone, said Gugino was released from Erie County Medical Center and is "recovering at an undisclosed location in order to ensure his privacy."

  • ‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.
    Miami Herald

    ‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.

    Fort Lauderdale police officers laughed and celebrated after shooting protesters with rubber bullets at a May 31 George Floyd rally in Fort Lauderdale, newly released body camera footage shows. “Beat it, little f***er,” Detective Zachary Baro, leader of a Fort Lauderdale SWAT team unit, can be heard saying after officers shot “less lethal” projectiles at a protester. The protester was walking away after tossing a tear gas canister back at the line of police.

  • Xinjiang: US seizes 'forced labour' Chinese hair imports
    BBC

    Xinjiang: US seizes 'forced labour' Chinese hair imports

    The US has seized a shipment of human hair products from China, that it says was made by forced labour from children or prisoners. The products came from Xinjiang in the far west of China - where it's thought a million Muslims have been detained in "re-education" camps. "Production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation," said US customs official Brenda Smith.

  • Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wife
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    Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wife

    A series of condemnations over leaflets distributed in North Korea were driven by fury over “dirty, insulting” depictions of leader Kim Jong Un's spouse, Russia's top envoy in the reclusive country has said.

  • Top Trump aide says president is 'eager to return to the campaign trail' amid reports a planned rally was scrapped
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    Top Trump aide says president is 'eager to return to the campaign trail' amid reports a planned rally was scrapped

    Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh held a press conference call with reporters on Tuesday where he said the president is “eager to return to the campaign trail and to keep campaigning and keep connecting with Americans.” The phone call came just as CNN reported that the Trump campaign had canceled plans to hold a rally in Alabama next weekend due to concerns about rising numbers of coronavirus infections. When asked about the CNN report later Tuesday afternoon, Murtaugh said, “We don't comment about rally planning.”

  • Reuters

    Former Atlanta officer charged with murder granted $500,000 bail

    A Georgia judge on Tuesday said she would allow a former Atlanta police officer charged with shooting a Black man in the back to put up a $500,000 bond to get out of jail while awaiting trial for a killing that touched off days of protests. Garret Rolfe, 27, is charged with felony murder and 10 other offenses in the June 12 shooting of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy's parking lot in south Atlanta. At a hearing, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick said she would allow Rolfe to be freed from jail while awaiting trial because she did not believe the former officer was a danger to the community or a flight risk.

  • Sen. Joe Manchin on calls for national mandatory mask order, White House response to COVID crisis
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    Sen. Joe Manchin on calls for national mandatory mask order, White House response to COVID crisis

    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joins Neil Cavuto on 'Your World.

  • Military Mystery: What Happened to Russia's New T-14 Tank in Syria?
    The National Interest

    Military Mystery: What Happened to Russia's New T-14 Tank in Syria?

    Here's What You Need To Remember: If the T-14 Armata was indeed taken out by insurgents – whether they simply "got lucky" or not – might not bode well for the advanced tank, especially given its costs. Last month multiple media reports suggested that the Russian military's new T-14 Armata tank had been "battle-tested" in Syria. Russia Beyond cited Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, who had reportedly said in a mid-April TV interview on Rossiya-1, "Yes, that's correct.

  • Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking
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    Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking

    Up to 60 migrants may have been trapped in a boat that sank in an eastern lake last week, Turkey's interior minister said Wednesday. Turkey launched a search-and-rescue mission involving helicopters and boats after the boat carrying migrants across Lake Van was reported missing on June 27. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who traveled to Van to oversee the rescue operation, told reporters Wednesday that authorities estimated the boat was carrying between 55 and 60 migrants when it went down in stormy weather.

  • More than 400 US Army paratroopers flew almost 5,000 miles to practice a long-range Pacific island invasion
    Business Insider

    More than 400 US Army paratroopers flew almost 5,000 miles to practice a long-range Pacific island invasion

    US Army airborne troops flew nearly 5,000 miles to execute a mock invasion of Guam. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Richard Ebensberger Over 400 paratroopers flew from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, where the soldiers jumped and practiced seizing an airfield, which would clear the way for follow-on forces in a real combat situation. US Army Alaska called it the exercise, which appears to be part of the Department of Defense's ongoing efforts to master modern expeditionary warfare tactics for possible combat in the Pacific theater, the "largest airborne operation here in recent memory."

  • Feud ends in gunfire as pastor kills two in front of his daughter, Las Vegas cops say
    Miami Herald

    Feud ends in gunfire as pastor kills two in front of his daughter, Las Vegas cops say

    Neighbors say a long-running dispute between two Las Vegas homeowners began as a complaint over nude hot-tubbing activities, the Las Vegas Sun reported. Police say the neighborhood feud ended Thursday when Andrew Cote, 36, killed his 71-year-old neighbor and her friend with a shotgun, KVVU reported. Cote's young daughter was present when Cote shot neighbor Mildred Olivo and her friend Timothy Hanson over a brick divider between their back yards, KLAS reported.